Another veteran, NFC East receiver was released on Thursday. This one was Brandon Marshall. The Washington Redskins should have no interest in him.
Under new general manager Dave Gettleman, the New York Giants are trying to keep taking steps in the right direction by purging their roster of veterans who don’t fit the team’s vision anymore. The team released right tackle Bobby Hart before the end of the season, and cut Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie just before the start of free agency.
Now, it appears that they have made another move. Veteran receiver Brandon Marshall was released by the team just a year after signing on to serve as their No. 2 receiver. Marshall never really clicked with Eli Manning, and had the worst season of his career, catching just 18 passes for 154 yards and no touchdowns. Granted, he played in just five games due to injury, but extrapolating those numbers over a 16 game season would still give him his lowest catch, yardage, and touchdown numbers since his rookie season.
That said, there is a chance that Marshall may have something left in the tank. He had a 100 catch and 1,000 yard season in 2015 with the Jets, and was solid for them in 2016, though it was clear he was declining athletically. Still, there is a chance that Marshall could find work as a veteran depth option, or he could be given a chance to start on a team starving for receiving talent.
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When it comes to Marshall, the Redskins should absolutely steer clear of him. While it’s possible he could have one good season left in the tank, the 34-year-old wouldn’t fit what the team is looking for at wide-out. They added a speed threat in Paul Richardson and are hopefully developing Josh Doctson for a potential break-out season. Marshall would add a big, red zone weapon to the bench thanks to his 6-foot-4 frame, but he wouldn’t get enough playing time to spend resources on him.
It won’t help Marshall’s case that he does have a reputation as a poor locker room guy. He has clashed with coaches and teammates in almost all his stops across the league including the Bears, the Jets, and the Giants. It’s unlikely that behavior will change at this point, so adding him would cause the Redskins nothing but harm.
Also, it’s worth noting that Dez Bryant is still on the market, and he is a younger, better option that could probably be had if the Redskins wanted him. As it stands, they are probably not going to target him. But, if they felt like adding a veteran with starters potential depending on the outcome of the draft, Bryant would probably be the first guy they call. Not Marshall.
It was never likely that Marshall would garner any interest from the Redskins. But, given that he comes from a divisional rival, it is possible that the team will at least discuss the fact that he was released. Still, Marshall is more likely to linger on the free agent market than to come to Washington. Barring a slew of injuries, Marshall probably won’t be in the team’s plans at any point.