Six-time Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall has found himself a new home. Per Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday, the veteran receiver has signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the New York Giants.
Marshall can step in right away and be a reliable target for Eli Manning in a passing game that ranked 17th in the league last year. At 6’4, Marshall also gives the Giants size at the receiver position. And for Marshall, Manning is a significant upgrade over Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty and Geno Smith.
Nobody should be happier about this move than Odell Beckham Jr. While Beckham was productive last season, with 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns, the addition of Marshall should draw coverage from Beckham and free him up to move around the formation and take advantage of specific matchups.
Despite a down year in 2016, the 11-year NFL veteran is still just a year removed from a 1,502-yard, 14-touchdown and remains an incredibly effective player. Having bounced around from the Denver Broncos to Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears and New York Jets, Marshall has put together quite the career despite quarterback play that has generally been subpar throughout. With over 12,000 career receiving yards and 82 touchdowns, Marshall has been one of the best receivers in the NFL during his tenure.
Last season wasn’t all that bad for Marshall, especially considering the shoddy play not only at quarterback but at virtually every position on the Jets’ entire offense. Marshall ended the year with 59 catches, 788 yards and three touchdowns. And even though he’ll be 33 in late March, the veteran can still play.
Already the first receiver in NFL history to record 1,000-yard seasons with four different teams, Marshall will now look to do so with his fifth NFL club. Marshall set single-season franchise records in Chicago and New York, and even as a veteran could potentially look to break even more records in the upcoming season.
The Giants made it to the postseason after an 11-5 finish in 2016, but lost in the Wild Card round to the Green Bay Packers. The offense struggled, and Beckham finished the game with just four catches for 28 yards. Marshall’s presence could have made a difference, and he’d like to have the opportunity to make an impact in the postseason.
“I’m tired of watching the playoffs on my couch,” Marshall said, via Martin.
However, Marshall has yet to make the playoffs in his career.
He’ll have a good shot of doing that with his new team in 2017. With the strength of the defense and the addition of Marshall, the Giants are in a better position to make it back to the playoffs next season.