Brandon Marshall (WR)

Saints To Sign Brandon Marshall

Veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall is signing a one-year deal with the Saints, a source tells Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Marshall will step in for Dez Bryant, who suffered a season-ending Achilles tear just hours after inking his contract with the team. 

Marshall hooked on with the Seahawks this offseason, and while he found the end zone in Week 1 of the regular season, his playing time quickly diminished. He was targeted just twice during his last three games with Seattle and was let go on October 30. He’s clearly lost a step or two, and probably doesn’t have the same upside as a healthy Bryant, but the Saints feel that he can offer quality support behind top receivers Michael Thomas and Tre’Quan Smith.

Marshall is a six-time Pro Bowler, but he hasn’t played at an elite level since the 2015 season in which he posted 109 receptions, 1,502 yards, and a league-leading 14 touchdowns for the Jets. Injuries have limited his effectiveness and overall production, and Marshall appeared in only five games a year ago before going on injured reserve with a ankle injury. With the Saints, he’ll have a chance to prove he can still be a difference-maker.

As Schefter notes, Marshall has never made a playoff game in his 13-year career, but he now has a good chance of seeing the postseason for the first time. After a 51-14 throttling of the Bengals, Marshall and the Saints will face the Eagles in New Orleans on Sunday.

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Brandon Marshall To Visit Saints Monday

Right after Dez Bryant tore his achilles, it was reported that the Saints were interested in going after Brandon Marshall. Things appear to be progressing toward a signing, as Marshall will visit the team in New Orleans tomorrow and the Saints hope to sign him, a source told Nick Underhill of the Advocate.

After an injury-ruined 2017 season with the Giants, Marshall latched on with the Seahawks this offseason. He showed flashes, but ultimately lasted only seven games in Seattle, where he caught 11 passes for 136 yards and one touchdown. He’s been plagued by injuries the last few seasons, but as recently as 2015 he was one of the best receivers in football. In 2015 he caught 109 passes for 1502 yards and 14 touchdowns.

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.

It sounds like Marshall could be signed within the next day, and although it remains to be seen how much he has left in the tank at age 34, should provide an instant boost to the New Orleans passing game. Seemingly every receiver the Saints have other than Michael Thomas has been seriously injured at some point, and it can’t hurt to bring Marshall in.

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 ESPN.com 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 he 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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Saints To Audition Brandon Marshall

Tuesday will be interesting in New Orleans. Two of this generation’s best wide receivers will work out for the Saints.

After Dez Bryant‘s Tuesday workout with the Saints became known, Brandon Marshall will also be part of the audition, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets.

The Seahawks released Marshall last week, and the 13th-year veteran auditioned for the Lions on Monday. He may now be competing with Bryant and at least one other wideout for a spot with the Saints. Both Marshall and Bryant are possession receivers at this stage of their careers, so the Saints may be exploring this type of skill set to add to their potent attack.

New Orleans already has a top-flight No. 1 receiver in Michael Thomas and a rookie deep threat in Tre’Quan Smith. Alvin Kamara serves as an elite pass-catching back as well. Ben Watson leads the Saints’ tight ends with 292 receiving yards. The Saints also have Cameron Meredith and Austin Carr on a roster that houses only four wide receivers. Return specialist Tommylee Lewis, though, is in line to come off IR in the near future.

Now 34, Marshall is nearing the end of his quality NFL run. Eight times a 1,000-yard receiver (with four different teams), Marshall caught 11 passes with the Seahawks this season. His role in Seattle diminished as the season progressed, leading to the release. He’d obviously be an interesting fit, as would Bryant, on a Saints team with Super Bowl aspirations. Marshall has notably never played in a playoff game in 12 full NFL seasons.

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Lions Work Out Brandon Marshall

Recently released by the Seahawks, Brandon Marshall continues to receive interest about continuing his lengthy NFL career.

The former Broncos, Dolphins, Bears, Jets, Giants and Seahawks wide receiver worked out for the Lions on Monday, ESPN.com’s Field Yates tweets. He joined Bruce Ellington in doing so.

Used more earlier in the season in Seattle, Marshall caught 11 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown as a Seahawk. The team’s receiver situation improved, however, as the season progressed, and Marshall’s role diminished. He only caught two passes since Week 4.

Nevertheless, Pete Carroll said there could still be a spot for the 34-year-old wideout in Seattle. That would likely depend on how healthy the Seahawks’ incumbent receivers are. But the Lions are kicking the tires on Marshall in the meantime.

Detroit just lost longtime starter Golden Tate, traded to Philadelphia for a third-round pick. T.J. Jones and UDFA Brandon Powell round out the Lions’ backup wideout contingent, so the team is in need of another receiver.

Marshall’s been perhaps the best wideout in NFL history at producing for many teams. He’s recorded 1,200-plus-yard seasons with four franchises. Although at this stage of his career, Marshall would probably be more of a depth piece than instant-impact starter.

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Seahawks Open To Marshall Reunion

The Seahawks released Brandon Marshall earlier this week, but it could be more of a “see you later” than a “goodbye.” Head coach Pete Carroll says that Marshall can still play at the age of 34 and he’s leaving the door open for a potential return down the road (Twitter link via Brady Henderson of ESPN.com). 

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Carroll says that Marshall was released because the team needed special teams help that Marshall could not really provide. As a pass-catcher, Carroll apparently likes what the veteran has to offer. Carroll’s fondness didn’t result in big numbers for the veteran, however. In six games, the multiple-time Pro Bowler had just 11 catches for 136 yards and one touchdown.

Marshall has more than enough money to live on, but he says that he is determined to continue playing. It remains to be seen whether he’ll reemerge with the Seahawks or any other team in 2018.

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Seahawks Release WR Brandon Marshall

The Seahawks released Brandon Marshall on Tuesday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). 

Marshall was let go by the Giants in April, ending his time in New Jersey after just one injury-plagued season. Signed by the Giants to a two-year $12MM deal in 2017, he played in just five games during his brief time in blue. He never was able to develop any chemistry with Eli Manning and caught just 18 passes for 154 scoreless yards before an ankle injury ended his season.

After his release, he didn’t find much of a market for his services.

“I didn’t have a ton of options,” Marshall said in June“I think the sentiment around the league is that I’m done, and I get it. Rightfully so. When you get on the other side of 30 and your production slips and you have a big injury, people just count you out. So it was an interesting process. It was a humbling process, to say the least.

After recording just 11 catches for 136 yards and one score with Seattle, this could be the end of the line for the six-time Pro Bowler. For what it’s worth, Marshall says he wants to continue playing (Twitter link via Schefter).

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NFC Notes: 49ers, Seahawks, Marshall, Lions

Several months before the draft, Tarvarius Moore wasn’t high on many team’s draft boards. While the cornerback had a solid senior season at Southern Mississippi, he served as mostly a backup in 2015. Prior to that, he was playing for Pearl River Community College.

As a result, the prospect wasn’t invited to the NFL draft combine. However, he went on to run 4.32-second 40-yard dash time at his school’s pro day, catching the eye of many NFL talent evaluators, including the 49ers.

“I remember talking about it,” Adam Peters, the 49ers vice president of player personnel, told Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “We were all kind of p—- that he ran that fast because now we would have to take him a little higher.”

Barrows writes about the journey the 49ers took en route to selecting the defensive back with one of their third-round picks. While Moore is considered somewhat of a rookie sleeper considering his late rise up the rankings, it’s notable that several teams had focused in on the prospect in the days prior to the draft.

“I actually had a couple of teams call me after we picked him, and they said, ‘Hey, we really liked this guy. But we just didn’t have enough time to spend on him,’” Peters said. “Because I think a lot of teams really jumped on him after he had that pro day. And then they were kind of scrambling to catch up.”

Let’s take a look at some more notes from around the NFC…

  • Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times believes receivers Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, and Jaron Brown are locks to make the Seahawks roster. Outside of that trio, any of Seattle’s other wideouts could end up being cut. Brandon Marshall, Amara Darboh and David Moore seem to have the inside track on the final three spots, although Condotta says the team could cut bait with Marshall if he’s failed to recover from last year’s surgeries. Otherwise, the team is also rostering receivers Marcus Johnson, Tanner McEvoy, and Cyril Grayson.
  • For what it’s worth, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll gushed about the potential of Moore, who was taken in the seventh round of the 2017 draft. David Moore has been special for us,” Carroll told Condotta. “He’s a very, very good athlete. He came from a really small program (East Central in Oklahoma), and he wasn’t able to catch it all in stride until late in the season when we finally got him active the last week, but you can see the playmaking ability. We’re already trying to figure out ways to move him around so he can show off what he’s got. He doesn’t look like it, but he’s a real strong kid, probably 218 pounds, and he’s physical. We’re really excited to see him like we did in preseason last year with run after catch stuff. He’s had a very good camp, he has made a big jump—made the freshman-sophomore jump, and it’s exciting to see that.” Moore appeared in a single game for the Seahawks during his rookie campaign.
  • Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press explores five Lions players who should outperform their contracts next season. Offensive guard Graham Glasgow ($809K) leads the list, followed by cornerback Darius Slay ($6.1MM), left tackle Taylor Decker ($2.9MM), defensive end Anthony Zettel ($660K), and wideout Kenny Golladay ($765K). The writer also opines that the Lions don’t have any bad contracts on the books.
  • The latest bit of Jameis Winston news could end up being damaging to the Buccaneers quarterback.

NFC West Rumors: Marshall, 49ers, Sherman

The Seahawks signed Brandon Marshall only two weeks before their minicamp, but they will have to wait until training camp to see how much the 34-year-old wide receiver has left. Due to a hamstring injury, Marshall did not participate in any team drills at the remaining Seattle OTA sessions nor at the team’s minicamp. Marshall was already coming off an injury, with his 2017 season ending early thanks to ankle surgery, but Pete Carroll said the 13th-year pass-catcher should be ready to go by the time the team reconvenes for training camp.

We’re just making sure that we don’t have a setback on a hamstring that’s recovering,” Carroll said, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “We talked about it today – he’s got a solid six weeks; he’ll be well. We need to do a really good job as we re-introduce him back into our tempo and speed and all that, that we don’t overdo it early in the excitement to see what he can do and all.”

Marshall only signed for one year and $1.1MM. Although plenty of incentives are included, only $90K of that pact is guaranteed.

Here’s what’s new out of the NFC West on Sunday afternoon.

  • 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman said he experienced Achilles issues during his final offseason workouts with the Seahawks, and the problem worsened in last year’s training camp. Once the regular season began, Sherman said he knew this was a significant issue. “We just kind of babied it as long as we could,” Sherman said, via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “But you can’t baby it in a game.” The eighth-year corner did not participate in team drills yet with the 49ers but is expected to in camp.
  • Laken Tomlinson has the left guard spot secured, but the 49ers look to have a three-man competition going for their right guard position. And thus far, 2016 first-round pick Joshua Garnett has seen the most time there, per Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. Garnett, who spent all of last season on IR in a partial effort to adjust his body to better suit Kyle Shanahan‘s zone-blocking scheme, split time with the recently signed Mike Person. However, Jonathan Cooper did not participate in San Francisco’s minicamp because of left knee surgery and will be a threat to start opposite Tomlinson this season.
  • Second-year San Francisco slot receiver Trent Taylor is recovering from back surgery, Branch notes. He underwent the procedure several weeks ago to remove bone spurs, per Branch, but Shanahan expects him back by camp.
  • While Josh Rosen is the Cardinals’ quarterback of the future, it doesn’t appear likely he’ll play ahead of Sam Bradford to start this season.

Brandon Marshall: “I Didn’t Have A Ton Of Options”

Brandon Marshall finally landed a contract for the 2018 season earlier this week, inking a one-year pact with the Seahawks. But Marshall himself admits there weren’t many suitors for his services during the free agent period.

“I didn’t have a ton of options,” Marshall said Wednesday, according to Brady Henderson of ESPN.com. “I think the sentiment around the league is that I’m done, and I get it. Rightfully so. When you get on the other side of 30 and your production slips and you have a big injury, people just count you out. So it was an interesting process. It was a humbling process, to say the least.

There were some really tough days that I had to push through, mentally and physically, so for this to be an opportunity and come to [fruition], you can’t ask for a better situation. You’ve got probably a top-three quarterback, you’ve got one the best franchises, you’ve got a young nucleus, guys that are hungry and ready to compete.”

It’s perhaps unsurprising Marshall had to wait until late May to find a new contract after being released by the Giants in April. Not only is Marshall entering his age-34 campaign, but he hasn’t been productive since the 2015 season, when he posted 109 receptions, 1,502 yards, and a league-leading 14 touchdowns for the Jets. Injuries have limited his effectiveness and overall production, and Marshall appeared in only five games a year ago before going on injured reserve with a ankle injury.

The details of Marshall’s contract with Seattle also reinforce the lack of interest in the veteran wideout. Marshall received just $90K in guarantees, but his new deal is not a minimum salary benefit pact because it contains incentives. While Marshall can collect a maximum salary of $2.155MM in 2018, he’d have to top 70 receptions, 800 receiving yards, and seven touchdowns to do so.

Those numbers aren’t completely out of the question: if Marshall has anything left, he could quickly vault up a Seahawks wide receiver depth chart that doesn’t offer much competition. Doug Baldwin will assume his usual role with heavy usage in the slot, but Marshall could overtake the likes of Tyler Lockett, Jaron Brown, and Amara Darboh, among others.

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