Marshall suffered a mid-foot sprain in December, forcing him to miss two games before returning to the field for the postseason.
A three-year veteran, Marshall played in 14 games, starting 13, for the Broncos in 2014 and recorded 95 tackles and two sacks.
Marshall, in an interview with the New York media on Friday, was complimentary of the young quarterback, who has yet to throw more touchdowns than interceptions in a single season.
“I just think he has a drive and a passion that a lot of people don’t see,” Marshall said, via the New York Post. “From my conversations with him so far, it’s really got me excited.”
Smith only managed 2,525 yards, 13 touchdowns with 13 interceptions a season ago. He was sometimes pulled in favor of backup Michael Vick in games where he struggled mightily. Assuming Smith is the starter in 2015, he won't have as much leeway with new coach Todd Bowles at the helm.
“It was pretty cool to be able to sit back and figure out who really wanted me and the right place for me,” Marshall told the Jets' website. “Being able to be in New York with coach (Todd) Bowles, I thought, was an amazing opportunity and one that I thought I couldn't pass up.”
Bowles was an assistant in Miami when Marshall played for the Dolphins in 2010 and 2011. Jets receivers coach Karl Dorrell coached the Dolphins' receivers in 2010.
"I think it will be a great transition,” Marshall said of his trade from the Bears to the Jets. “Coach Bowles allows guys to be themselves. He treats everyone like men and like pros. That's what it's about right there. That's what I've seen work, is when guys feel comfortable coming to work and they're not micromanaged and there's someone there they can believe in, they can trust. He's an amazing leader."
Marshall said he's "got 10 more years left in me. I can still do everything, and I'm excited to do that.”
"I kind of knew about it before it all happened," Marshall said Tuesday morning. "It was pretty cool to be able to sit back and figure out who really wanted me and the right place for me. Being able to be in New York with Coach Bowles, I thought, was an amazing opportunity and one that I thought I couldn't pass up."
The Bears will receive a fifth-round pick for Marshall while also sending a seventh-round pick to the Jets.
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