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Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell (41) pushes New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) out of bounds during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets receiver Brandon Marshall believes that he’s been underpaid for the last six years.

While his future with the New York Jets is still up in the air, Brandon Marshall believes that he is underpaid. Is he right?

Marshall has one year left on his contract. He is scheduled to make $7.5 million in 2017 but none of that money is guaranteed. He would like to stay with the Jets and has said that it’s not about the money. Rather, it’s about winning. If the Jets keep him then they would be $471,263 over the projected salary cap of $168 million, according to Over The Cap.

On Wednesday, he said that he had been underpaid for the last six years on WFAN’s Boomer and Carton Show.

“I’ve probably been underpaid the last six years, if we’re really about comparing production to receivers across the league and what I’ve been doing,” he said. “Now, when you only catch 50-something balls for over 700 yards and you’re 30-something years old, that’s when teams come to you like, ‘We don’t think you’re good anymore.'”

“People need to get away from me due $7.5 million. Get away from my salary. That’s underpaid. Any team should be happy to have me for $7.5 million.”

The receiver had previously said that he might be willing to take a pay cut to stay with the Jets. Based on his comments on Wednesday, he won’t be taking a pay cut.

Marshall could be right about any team being happy to have him for $7.5 million. His 2017 salary is tied for 13th among receivers in actual cash payout, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.

The players that are ahead of him in cash payout are Tavon Austin($15 million), Dez Bryant(13 million), Demaryius Thomas($12.5 million), Julio Jones($11.5 million), A.J. Green ($10.5 million), Jeremy Maclin($10 million), Randall Cobb($9.5 million), Jordy Nelson($9.25 million),Doug Baldwin($8.25 million), Torrey Smith($8 million), T.Y. Hilton($8 million), and DeAndre Hopkins($7.9 million).

The question is whether or not Marshall is really being underpaid. The answer is yes and no.

This year he put up 59 catches, 788 yards and three touchdowns. It was his worst season since 2006 when he was a rookie. In 2015 he re-wrote the Jets record books had 109 catches, 1,502 yards and 14 touchdowns and made $9 million.

This year he was overpaid at $9.5 million based on production. In 2015 he was underpaid at $9 million based on production.

Marshall is right that he has been underpaid but he hasn’t been underpaid for the last six years. In the end, he shouldn’t worry about whether or not he’s underpaid because he may or may not be back with the Jets.

The Jets decision to keep Marshall or not shouldn’t be about his salary because it’s not about the money. It’s about winning.

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