Wide receiver Brandon Marshall has found a new team, and he doesn’t even have to move.
Marshall, recently released by the New York Jets, has agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal with the New York Giants, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter this morning.
Because Marshall was cut by the Jets, he doesn’t have to wait until tomorrow’s NFL free agency period begins to sign somewhere.
Giants giving former Jets WR Brandon Marshall a two-year, $12 million deal, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8, 2017
This move make it clear that the Giants are trying to maximize the last few years of Eli Manning’s tenure. Manning, 36,has three years left on his contract, and the Giants appear to be in win-now mode.
Marshall, who turns 33 this month, projects to start opposite Odell Beckham Jr. and his presence should allow promising second-year wide receiver Sterling Shepard to move into the slot, a more natural fit. The Giants offense struggled for much of last season as it lacked a true No. 2 target in the passing game.
Marshall has recorded over 12,000 receiving yards and 82 touchdowns in his 11-year career, but has yet to reach the playoffs. On paper, he has a good chance to get there with Big Blue, provided the Giants build on last year’s 11-5 record.