Giants Can Replace Brandon Marshall With Cheaper, Big Bodied Receiver

Alexander Wilson
Jan 13, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Eric Decker (87) breaks a tackle from New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler (21) during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants need to make a decision on big-bodied receiver Brandon Marshall, and finding a cheaper replacement might be in the best interest of the team.

Cutting the former New York Jet would save the Giants upwards of $5 million in cap-space. The influx in cash could not only sign a quality replacement, but also allocate a bit more capital towards the special teams unit. The Giants’ special teams has been lackluster over the course of the past few seasons. Increasing the quality of the roster in all facets of the game is essential in returning to success.

The replacement:

Marshall has yet to take his physical, which would ultimately allow the Giants to either cut him or retain him. Marshall has spent a majority of the offseason practicing alongside Eli Manning and building chemistry with the future Hall of Fame quarterback. If GM Dave Gettleman decided that cutting Marshall was the right thing to do, it’s possible he retires on the spot.

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Several days ago, head coach Pat Shurmur stated in regard to Marshall:

Giants’ WR Brandon Marshall has been working at the team facility, “trying to get healthy,” Pat Shurmur said. He hasn’t passed a physical yet. As for his place on the team, Shurmur stated, “We’ll have to see.” 

The Giants could look no further than his former teammate Eric Decker to replace him on the outside. Decker spent the 2017 season with the Tennessee Titans on a $4 million deal over one -season. Marshall struggled to live up to expectations in 2017, dropping two key passes that resulted in two ‘giant’ losses.

Decker racked up 536 yards and one touchdown in a secondary role last season. He played in all 16 games and started in eight of them. An interesting statistic: Decker caught 65.1% of his passes, making for the highest since 2012.

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Adding a strong, big receiver to the team would complement Odell Beckham Jr. well, and he would fit perfectly on the boundary with Sterling Shepard working out of the slot.