The move comes as no surprise with Harvin set to make $10.5 million this season. Gang Green is already on the hook to pay $7.5 million to Marshall with another $5 million going to fellow wide receiver Eric Decker.
The thought of Marshall, Decker and Harvin in Chan Gailey's offense was intriguing, but the Jets can use that added cap space to address their frail secondary while prowling around for edge-rushing help.
Harvin is sure to find work elsewhere, but not at his current cost. Despite concerns over his ill effect on a locker room, Harvin remains an attractive target on the open market because of his rare playmaking ability.
As for the Jets, if Marshall stays healthy, he looms as an every-down upgrade over Harvin for an offense that finally should be fun to watch in 2015.