Giants Release Brandon Marshall, Could Add Dez Bryant

Hope Soto
April 20, 2018

Marshall, who had surgery after a season-ending ankle injury a year ago, failed his physical and was cut.

Marshall confirmed the move with an Instagram video.

Marshall finished the season with a career-low 18 catches for 154 yards and no touchdowns.

The decision to cut the six-time Pro Bowl receiver comes as no surprise. The team will save $5.1 million with his release. Gettleman will need close to $10 million in cap space to sign this year's draft class, according to Over the Cap.

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"I have interest in everybody", Gettleman said.

Marshall, who gained a reputation for being one of the NFL's more outspoken players, also attempted to be a team leader and mentor. "We do our film work, and you never know". In the end, the Giants likely saw this transaction as the easiest way to free up the cap space required for the recently jettisoned Dez Bryant. But that doesn't mean it's impossible. While Marshall dreamed of winning a Super Bowl with the Giants before calling it a career at the end of his contract, the Giants imagined he'd serve as the ideal compliment to Odell Beckham Jr. For now, Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram stand as Eli Manning's top 3 targets.

Marshall had reportedly agreed to take a pay cut in early March for the 2018 season, but was still eventually released. He says the 34-year-old Marshall failed his physical.

The former fourth-round pick out UCF holds the 16th most receptions (959), 23rd most receiving yards (12,215), and is tied with Reggie Wayne and Anquan Boldin for the 23rd most touchdowns receptions (82) in National Football League history.

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