Saints To Pursue WR Brandon Marshall

When Dez Bryant tore his Achilles during a practice with the Saints just two days after signing with them, it was reported that New Orleans could turn to another veteran wide receiver to fill the void. Prior to signing Bryant, the Saints brought in 34-year-old Brandon Marshall for a workout, and they were apparently quite impressed with him. Now, Adam Schefter of writes that the Saints are expected to circle back to Marshall and could sign him in short order.

Marshall hooked on with the Seahawks this offseason, and while he found the endzone in Week 1 of the regular season, his playing time quickly diminished and he was targeted just twice during his last three games with Seattle. He was released on October 30.

Marhsall also auditioned for the Lions after the Seahawks cut him loose, and apparently the Saints — who now have five receivers on IR — were considering bringing Marshall aboard even if Bryant had not gotten hurt. Given the state of New Orleans’ wide receiver depth chart, Marshall would likely see a fair amount of playing time if he ends up signing with the Saints.

He would also likely see postseason action for the first time in his career. Although heĀ is a six-time Pro Bowl selection and has six seasons with at least 100 receptions, Marshall has never been fortunate enough to be on a playoff team during his 13 seasons in the league. The 7-1 Saints, though, have legitimate Super Bowl aspirations, so Marshall could finally get his chance as his excellent career draws to a close.

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