Brandon Marshall is set to be released by the New York Jets. Could he his next stop be with the Philadelphia Eagles?
You’d be hard pressed to find a free agent wideout the Philadelphia Eagles aren’t interested in this offseason. DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, Kenny Stills and several others are rumored to be targets for the Eagles in free agency. Now, you can add Brandon Marshall to that list.
The New York Jets are reportedly set to release Marshall. Kimberley A. Smith of Newsday Sports and ESPN’s Adam Schefter were the first to report Marshall’s release.
It’s no secret that the Eagles are planning to overhaul their receiving corps. The Eagles had arguably the NFL’s worst group of receivers in 2016 and they are desperately looking to surround quarterback Carson Wentz with reliable weapons. Marshall, though towards the end of his career, would be a solid pickup for the Eagles.
Marshall will be turning 33 years old this month. While his best days are obviously behind him, the Eagles could be interested in signing him at the right price. Mike Groh, the Eagles’ new wide receivers coach, is familiar with Marshall after having spent the 2013 and 2014 season with the Chicago Bears. During those two years, Marshall recorded a combined total of 161 receptions for 2,016 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Marshall looked to have lost a step in 2016, recording 59 receptions for 788 yards and just three scores. Do keep in mind, however, that he was playing for the Jets, where quarterback play was a complete mess. In 2015, Marshall had one of the best seasons of his career, recording 109 receptions for 1,502 yards and 14 scores.
Believe it or not, the 11-year pro has not played in a single postseason game in his career, so it’s assumed he will want to sign with a contending team. While the Eagles aren’t necessarily contenders (yet), they have a young quarterback and a team that seemingly looks to be improving. That could be enough to draw Marshall to Philadelphia. At the right price, Marshall could be an outstanding addition to the receiving corps.