Now, this is an older signing that I can unequivocally get behind.
The Jets are reportedly going under a Browns-like rebuild and cutting all extra weight they as they sink down even further into NFL obscurity. One of the cuts is future Hall of Famer (?), Brandon Marshall, who was set to make $7 million next season. It didn’t make sense for a rebuilding team to give that kind of money to an aging receiver coming off of a injury nagged 2016 campaign.
He’s one of the older guys that I would absolutely love for the Eagles to bring in for a couple of reasons…
First off, I don’t think Marshall is done just yet.
He’s only one year removed from going for over 1500 yards and 14 touchdowns with Ryan Fitzpatrick as his QB and still put up nearly 800 yards last season, while banged up, with a Rush-like Trio of QB’s in Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith and Bryce Petty. While it’s true that Marshall isn’t getting any younger, I wholeheartedly believe that he has one or two more productive seasons in him.
Second, Marshall won’t cost much. He was only scheduled to make $7 million this season, could the Eagles get him for a bit below that? Vincent Jackson is scheduled to hit the market this offseason as well and Spotrac believes that he could get about $4.5 million annually, I see no reason why Marshall wouldn’t get at least $5-6 million at this stage in his career.
Third, Marshall has gotten past his younger, more immature days. Everything I’ve read this offseason regarding Marshall’s possible release was that he was going to be tough to cut because of his influence in the locker room and on the young guys. I think Nelson Agholor, Jordan Matthews and DGB would all learn a lot from Marshall and it would take a lot of the leadership off of the shoulders of J-Matt, which could be a good thing.
Fourth, he can catch the ball.
Basically, I think even if the Eagles go out and spend a first round pick on a Corey Davis, John Ross, or Mike Williams, they’re still going to struggle at the wide receiver position next season. Sign me up for 2 years $12 million of Brandon Marshall over any of the other deals out there this offseason. Take a young receiver and let the guys already here settle into their roles.
The Eagles need a stopgap at the wide receiver position and with little money to spend, signing Brandon Marshall may be the perfect thing for this football team.