Thursday's roundup: Marshall says Jets will be his last team

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Brandon Marshall

New York — Brandon Marshall says the New York Jets will be the last stop of his playing career.

The star wide receiver was answering questions from fans on Twitter on Thursday night when he was asked what team he expects to retire with. The 31-year-old Marshall responded: "If I'm cut tomorrow, I'll retire. This will be my last team."

Marshall was acquired from Chicago in March. New York reworked his salary, increasing it from $24.3 million total to $26 million over the next three seasons.

He had 61 catches for 721 yards — his lowest numbers since his rookie season in 2006 — with eight touchdowns last season.

Marshall was asked by another fan how many more seasons he expects to play, and the receiver tweeted: "After Jets, I'm done."

Heyward, Steelers reach deal

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed defensive end Cam Heyward to a new six-year contract on Thursday that will keep him with the team through 2020.

The 26-year-old Heyward was entering the final year of the rookie contract he signed after the Steelers took him with the 31st overall selection of the 2011 draft. He set a career high and tied for the team lead with 7 1/2 sacks in 2014 as Pittsburgh won the AFC North title.

Heyward tweeted a picture of him signing the extension Thursday night with the caption: "I love this organization."

The Steelers are at the end of a youth movement on the defensive line. Heyward is considered the cornerstone of a rebuilt line that includes nose tackle Steve McLendon and second-year player Stephon Tuitt.

Not forgotten

After this season, the Denver Broncos will have a bevy of players due for new contracts, including pass-rusher Von Miller.

Those decisions were not forgotten when general manager John Elway handed Demaryius Thomas a five-year, $70 million contract Wednesday.

“We have a three-year plan and a four-year plan, and we try to look into the future to see where we are in order to budget everybody, to keep all of our great football players,” Elway said. “D.T. was the first step. We will have a plan for Von next year as well as with other players.”

Jones praises Bryant

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke glowingly of the work done by the folks at Roc Nation.

The management team that represents Dez Bryant worked with Jones and the team’s executive vice president, Stephen Jones, into the early morning hours Wednesday to set the parameters for a deal with the All-Pro wide receiver.

“I must emphasize, Roc Nation, Jay-Z, the key people in Roc Nation did a marvelous job of convincing us that managing Dez and managing him with his off the field, with his marketing opportunities, with his finances, that they’re a group that will really make a contribution to Dez,” Jones said in a conference call. “They were very significant in us doing this deal with Dez.”

The Joneses flew to New York on Tuesday to meet with Bryant’s representatives. They presented a formal proposal around 3 a.m. that included more guaranteed money and a higher total value than their previous offers. Both sides then returned to work out the details during the final hours of Wednesday’s 4 p.m. franchise tag deadline.

... Patriots offensive lineman Dan Connolly, 32, told he is retiring.