The New York Giants still need to clear up a bit of cap-room and one way of doing that is releasing veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
Marshall struggled in 2017, failing to gain traction with Eli Manning which led to two dropped passes in key moments; two games the Giants should have won. Marshall has spent a majority of the offseason recovering from a season ending ankle injury; even spending some time with quarterback Davis Webb.
Giants QB Davis Webb working Gun 3 and Reset with Dovetail on 2/3 to make a straight, balanced throw to big, athletic Giants WR Brandon Marshall running Under Route off Indy Concept. @TEST_Football @Davis_Webb5 @BMarshall @Giants #nfl #giants #pro #qb #wr pic.twitter.com/6hjEx2jU3c
— Tony Racioppi (@Tonyrazz03) March 28, 2018
What are the benefits of cutting Marshall?
If the Giants decide to cut the veteran receiver, they will be down one big-bodied target. But, they will also be retaining $5 million in cap-space that would allow them to address the secondary or sign a cheaper alternative.
New head coach Pat Shurmur was vague on the potential retention of Marshall, who is looking for a bounce-back year in Blue.
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.”
Not very convincing from the Giants’ head coach, but again, they would have to find a replacement if they decide to let him walk.
Marshall signed a two-year, $12 million deal in 2016, making him the complement to Odell Beckham Jr. while Sterling Shepard worked primarily out of the slot. When both Marshall and Beckham Jr. went down with ankle injuries, Shepard took over the starting role on the outside, showing improvement and ability to handle a decent size workload.
Shepard finished the year with 59 reception for 731 yards and two touchdowns, all in 11 games. He was Manning’s primary target for a majority of the season and will likely be looking to make a jump into a significant role in 2018.