Brandon Marshall is moving from the New York Jets to the New York Giants this 2017 NFL free agency. Marshall has agreed to a two-year deal with the Giants after the Jets released him in the offseason after two years with the team.
The deal is reportedly worth $12 million for Marshall, who will be 33 years old later this month. Marshall will be playing in his fifth team in 12 seasons in the league.
“I’m tired of watching the playoffs on my couch,” Marshall stated in January after the Jets season was over. Marshall’s decision to move to the Giants will give him a chance to play in the postseason.
Marshall gets wish of playing for playoff contender
Newsday.com confirmed the 2017 NFL free agency news that will bring the Giants two respected wide receivers; along with young star Odell Beckham Jr. The move means Eli Manning, the veteran quarterback for New York, will have to top targets down field for his passes.
Last week, the veteran Marshall reportedly asked to be released from the Jets preferring to play for a Super Bowl title contender. He did not have to go to far by joining the New York rivals Giants.
Marshall admitted the move from the Jets to the Giants wasn’t about the money. He stated in an interview that winning an NFL title is the priority at this point of his career.
“No, they definitely did not offer me the most money. It probably was the least amount of money. It was all about a championship. They presented the best opportunity to be in a championship organization,” Marshall stated in a press conference.
Marshall excited playing with Manning, Beckham Jr.
Marshall added that he has already talked with the Giants quarterback and said that it was the “perfect situation” joining the other New York team. “Eli is already on me about getting together in the beginning of April with a few of the other guys,” Marshall added.
The Giants’ passing game ranked just 17th in the league last year. This is despite having a top receiver like Beckham Jr., who is one of the rising stars from the wide receiver position. With Marshall, the Giants are hoping to free up Beckham Jr. or take advantage of two top wide receivers in the game.
Marshall had a down year for the Jets last season. He registered 788 receiving yards on 59 catches with three touchdowns. He has played for the Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears in previous seasons. In 11 NFL seasons, he has recorded over 1,000 receiving yards in eight seasons.
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