A veteran receiver has officially come off the market. Former New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall is sticking around the Meadowlands. Ian Rapoport is reporting Marshall signed a two-year contract with the New York Giants, that could be worth $12 million.
This strikes me as a great deal for the Giants. Marshall turns 33 in a couple weeks, so he could hit the end of his career pretty soon, but if Giants can get one good year out of him, it could be huge for their passing attack. Odell Beckham led the team last season with 101receptions for 1,367 yards and ten touchdowns. Sterling Shepard had a big rookie season, catching 65 passes for 683 yards and eight touchdowns. Victor Cruz finished with 39 receptions for 586 yards, but was released last month. Marshall could prove to be a huge upgrade over Cruz.
The San Francisco 49ers will host the Giants this fall, and that receiver corps will be a stiff challenge for the 49ers secondary. We don’t quite know what that secondary will fully look like, but it will likely include some combination of Tramaine Brock, Rashard Robinson, Jimmie Ward, Eric Reid and/or Jaquiski Tartt, and potentially a rookie. Whatever the new defense looks like, Eli Manning and this group of Giants receivers are gonna be a tough task.