The New York Jets released veteran WR Brandon Marshall and the New England Patriots were reportedly interested in his services. However you might have felt about adding Marshall to the Patriots is now irrelevant because Marshall has agreed to a two-year contract with the New York Giants, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Brandon Marshall and NY Giants reach agreement on a two-year deal, per source. Marshall doesn’t have to move, now plays with Eli and OBJ.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8, 2017
Marshall turns 33 years old at the end of March and is coming off his least productive season by Yards Per Game since his rookie year. The 6’4, 230 pound Marshall is a huge threat down the field and will join Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard to form one of the most talented receiver corps in the league.
The contract is 2-years for $12 million, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Marshall has a few reasons to stay in New York. He is likely to pursue a media gig after retiring and staying in New York will help him continue to participate in Inside the NFL. Marshall must also believe that the Giants are close to winning a Super Bowl and that he can help the offense match the defense’s 2016 improvement and compete in an NFC that is deep with talent.
The Patriots are still kicking the tires on receivers like Brandin Cooks and DeSean Jackson, but don’t be surprised if they end up with a second-tier option like Robert Woods or Michael Floyd.