According to reports, the New York Giants have made a big splash in free agency, as they have signed wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
Multiple reports from around the league are that the New York Giants have reached an agreement with wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
After releasing Victor Cruz early in the offseason, the Giants had a need for a wide receiver. Due to them already having Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard, the Giants didn’t need to spend a ton of money on a free agent wide receiver.
Even though Marshall wasn’t scheduled to be a free agent this offseason, the New York Jets decided to release the talented wide receiver. Due to his somewhat large salary, the Jets decided the cutting Marshall. This move helped them create more cap space in order to try and acquire some younger talent. Also, Marshall wanted to play for a team with a chance to win.
Last season, Marshall struggled along with the Jets. In 2016, he totaled just 59 receptions, 788 receiving yards, and three receiving touchdowns. However, he was just one year removed from a 1,500-yard receiving season in 2015. Due to the poor quarterback situation in New York, Marshall’s numbers were surely affected.
Now, he will be in position to win with the Giants. Marshall has never played in a playoff game in his career. As a free agent, that was one of the main factors in finding his next team. Last season, the Giants were able to reach the postseason. Even though they were defeated by the Green Bay Packers in the first round, they should be able to reach the playoffs again in 2017.
On offense, Marshall should certainly help the Giants. He is a big-bodied receiver that the Giants will love to be able to play opposite of Odell Beckham. Adding Marshall to the Giants will give them one of the best receiving corps on paper heading into the 2017 season.
However, they still need to address their offensive line. Without giving Eli Manning proper protection, the Giants won’t be able to utilize their talented weapons effectively. Marshall only cost the Giants a reported $6 million per season. Furthermore, they should have enough money to improve their offensive line.