Jalin Marshall

Free Agent WR Jalin Marshall Suspended

In 2019, Jalin Marshall has been linked to four professional football leagues. But sticking in the highest-regarded one eludes him, and that status might not be changing for a bit.

Marshall signed with the Raiders earlier this offseason but was cut days later. We have some clarity on perhaps why the wide receiver’s Oakland stay was so brief. The NFL free agent has incurred a four-game suspension, ESPN.com’s Field Yates has learned (Twitter link).

This is Marshall’s second NFL suspension. As a Jet in 2017, he was popped for PEDs and banned for four games. Although the Jets retained him via reserve/futures deal in January, Marshall has not played in an NFL game since his 2016 rookie season.

Marshall, 23, resurfaced with the Alliance of American Football this year, catching 26 passes for 364 yards and three touchdowns with the Orlando Apollos, and recently participated in one of the XFL showcases. The former UDFA out of Ohio State landed on the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ practice roster Monday.

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Extra Points: Jaguars, Smith, XFL, Vikings

The Jaguars escalated the tension between them and linebacker Telvin Smith recently. Even though Smith announced his intention to sit out the 2019 season last month, he still hasn’t ironed things out with the team and remains on the active roster for now. He obviously didn’t show up for the team’s minicamp this past week, and the Jaguars decided to fine him. Per Demetrius Harvey of LockedOnJaguars.com, Smith posted a photo to Instagram detailing the fines.

In total, the Jaguars fined him $88,650. He posted the fine letter with a caption of “Oh y’all thght [sic] it was a game!!! You say you wanna sit & get ya life right. . . they say nah […] you pay me!!!” also adding “It’s still love!!” The last we heard, Jacksonville still hadn’t had any direct communication with Smith since his shocking decision to step away. Smith is still only 28, and no one seems to know his motives yet for wanting the year off.

Here’s more from around the football universe on a quiet Saturday night:

  • The XFL is starting to ramp up operations ahead of their 2020 debut. They’ve been holding tryouts in different parts of the country recently, and many former NFLers have popped up, like Landry Jones. According to a tweet from the league’s Washington D.C. franchise, former Jets receiver Jalin Marshall will be in attendance at the next one. Marshall signed with New York as an UDFA back in 2016, and immediately carved out a role for himself. He was a contributor on offense, and also was the team’s punt and kick returner for a while. He was suspended for four games in 2017, and the Jets waived him when he came back from his suspension. He played for the Orlando Apollos of the ill-fated AAF, and spent two days on the Raiders’ roster back in May.
  • The Vikings have been big spenders, aggressively pursuing free agents like Kirk Cousins in recent years while also locking up their own guys. It’s created some cap issues, and Minnesota has been up against the cap all year long. According to a recent analysis from Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune, that’s going to continue in 2020. Per Goessling, the Vikings currently have $211.6MM in cap charges for 2020 on the books. The salary cap this past season was only 188.2, which means the Vikings will have to make some significant cuts next offseason. Goessling lists offensive tackle Riley Reiff, defensive end Everson Griffen, defensive tackle Linval Joseph and cornerback Xavier Rhodes as players who could be on the chopping block next year. All four will be at least 30 next season, and all of them have cap numbers of at least $12.9MM, Goessling points out. Minnesota GM Rick Spielman is going to have to get creative.

Raiders Waive WR Jalin Marshall

Jalin Marshall‘s latest NFL opportunity lasted less than a week. Days after signing the former Jets wide receiver, the Raiders parted ways with him.

The Raiders now boast a crowded receiver room. Marshall was going to have to display plenty this offseason to warrant a spot on either the team’s active roster or practice squad.

In addition to their big-ticket moves, the Silver and Black signed J.J. Nelson and Ryan Grant, drafted Hunter Renfrow and added Keelan Doss as a UDFA.

Marshall, who fared well in the Alliance of American Football’s abbreviated season, has not played an NFL game since 2016. A UDFA out of Ohio State, Marshall caught 14 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie. A PED suspension to start what would have been his second season scuttled any momentum Marshall built as a rookie. The Jets waived him shortly after the 2018 draft.

Raiders Sign Jalin Marshall

The Raiders signed wide receiver Jalin Marshall, according to an announcement from his agent. Marshall has been out of the NFL since being waved by the Jets following the 2018 season.

This year, the Ohio State product hooked on with the AAF’s Orlando franchise. Unfortunately, he was put out of work along with many other players when the league went belly-up midway through its inaugural season.

Still just 23 (24 in July), Marshall has 14 receptions for 162 yards to his credit. All of those came during his rookie season, one that also saw him factor into New York’s return game. Most notably, he returned 13 kicks for an average of 24.9 yards per try.

In 2017, Marshall was hit with a four-game ban for PEDs and spent the rest of the season on the taxi squad. This year, he managed 26 catches for 364 yards and three touchdowns in the AAF.

Marshall has an opportunity to see live action once again in the NFL, but little will be guaranteed here, especially since the Raiders now have eleven wide receivers on their offseason roster.

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Jets Waive WR Jalin Marshall

Shortly after the draft concluded, the Jets waived wide receiver Jalin Marshall and linebacker Micah Awe.

Marshall had not played since the 2016 season. He incurred a four-game suspension last season, and the Jets did not activate him to the 53-man roster. Instead, Gang Green waived the Ohio State alum before re-signing him to their practice squad.

Although the Jets did not draft a receiver this weekend, they loaded up on the position this offseason. The team signed Terrelle Pryor, Charles Johnson and Andre Roberts to add to a cast that already includes 2017 starters Jermaine Kearse and Robby Anderson and 2017 mid-round picks ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen.

Still just 22, Marshall has 14 receptions for 162 yards to his credit. All of those came during his rookie season, one that also saw him factor into New York’s return game.

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NFL Reserve/Futures Contracts: 1/2/18

Here are the latest reserve/futures contract signings from around the NFL. These deals will go into effect on the first day of the 2018 league year, with players joining their respective clubs’ offseason 90-man rosters:

Arizona Cardinals

Baltimore Ravens

Chicago Bears

Cincinnati Bengals

Dallas Cowboys

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

  • WR Jake Kumerow
  • WR Colby Pearson
  • TE Robert Tonyan
  • LS Zach Triner
  • WR DeAngelo Yancey

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NFL Practice Squad Updates: 10/16/17

Today’s practice squad updates:

Arizona Cardinals

  • Signed: DL Peli Anau

Atlanta Falcons

Chicago Bears

Cincinnati Bengals

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Signed: DB Charlie Miller

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Released: LeShun Daniels

New York Jets

Pittsburgh Steelers

Seattle Seahawks

Washington Redskins

Jets Waive WR Jalin Marshall

Jalin Marshall‘s four-game suspension for a PED policy violation ended, but the Jets look to be going in a different direction.

The Jets waived the second-year wide receiver on Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets. And the team announced the move, which ends what turned out to be a short era for the 2016 UDFA with the Jets. New York replaced Marshall on the 53-man roster with cornerback Xavier Coleman, a practice squad promotion.

This comes five days after the team activated Marshall and cut cornerback Marcus Williams, upon whom the team placed a second-round RFA tender.

Marshall worked as a rotational receiver for the Jets as a rookie but was expected to take on a bigger role going into this season, with Gang Green having released Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. But the PED suspension intervened, and the Jets now have Jermaine Kearse and Jeremy Kerley in addition to multiple mid-round draft rookies at the position.

Kerley has helped the Jets fill Marshall’s special teams roles. The Ohio State product worked as both a kick- and punt-return specialist last season.

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Jets Activate WR Jalin Marshall

The Jets have activated wide receiver Jalin Marshall from suspension, the club announced today. In a related move, New York has waived cornerback Marcus Williams.Jalin Marshall (Vertical)

Marshall, who was banned four games for PED use, entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2016. While he didn’t contribute much on offense (14 receptions for 162 yards and two touchdowns), Marshall served as the Jets’ primary returner during his rookie campaign. He averaged 25.9 yards per kick return and 5.6 yards per punt return last season, and will likely continue in that role upon his return.

Williams, meanwhile, started 15 games during his first three seasons in New York but hasn’t started a contest in 2017. While he graded as the NFL’s No. 67 corner among 110 qualifiers last year, Pro Football Focus has assigned him poor marks this season. The Jets were reportedly shopping Williams earlier this year, and presumably did so before cutting him today, but couldn’t find any takers.

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Extra Points: Colts, Browns, Jets, Vikings

Although quarterback Andrew Luck will return to practice this week, he won’t be available for the Colts on Sunday when they play the 49ers, head coach Chuck Pagano told reporters, including Mike Chappell of FOX 59 (all Twitter links). Indianapolis has an extremely detailed plan in place for Luck: while he practiced today, he’ll take Thursday off before returning to the field on Friday. Luck, who is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, was adamant that he’ll play for the currently 1-3 Colts during the 2017 season

Here’s more from around the league:

  • While the Browns clearly aren’t pleased with their winless start to the season, the club’s rebuild “isn’t over,” de facto general manager Sashi Brown told reporters, including Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. Cleveland has posted a 1-19 record under its current front office and head coach Hue Jackson, but Brown delivered a message of unity (in sharp contrast to reports of discord within the franchise). The Browns will look for their first victory when they face the Jets in Week 5, but Brown stressed that “the growth and development of the roster doesn’t happen overnight.”
  • The Jets haven’t yet decided whether to activate wide receiver Jalin Marshall — fresh off a four-game PED suspension — before Sunday’s contest, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post (Twitter link). New York received a roster exemption for Marshall which expires on Monday, reports Darryl Slater of NJ.com, so the club isn’t forced to make a move until that time. If they do activate Marshall, who is primarily a returner, the Jets will have to create roster space, as they filled their 53-man squad earlier today.
  • Although rookie running back Dalvin Cook is done for the year after tearing his ACL, a reunion with veteran Adrian Peterson doesn’t make sense for the Vikings, writes Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Minnesota only briefly discussed the possibility of a pay reduction before parting ways with Peterson, so the club likely wanted to forge a new start. Additionally, the Vikings are unlikely to part with a draft pick in order to acquire Peterson from the Saints, especially given that he no longer fits their offense, opines Goessling.
  • Speaking of potential trades, Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com examines several candidates who could be dealt before this year’s NFL trade deadline, noting that new general managers such as Brandon Beane and Chris Ballard seem more open to swaps.