It is a marriage seemingly made in heaven, that Brandon Marshall remains in New York after two seasons of mixed results. His looming release means that he will no longer be a part of the New York Jets but that opens the door for him to join the New York Giants and potentially give them the best trio of wide receivers in the NFL.
And another Super Bowl appearance for the franchise might not be too far behind.
The Giants certainly have the need for another wide receiver after they released Victor Cruz last month, parting ways with a solid No. 3 receiver who certainly has contributed to his fair share of big moments to the franchise over the years. Marshall would certainly be an upgrade over Cruz in terms of production but also longevity.
Last year was a down year for Marshall, not a surprise given just how bad the Jets offense was in 2016. But he is merely a year removed from over 1,500 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns, numbers that certainly point to the soon-to-be 33-year old being an impact player. Marshall has several good seasons left in him and his time with the Jets certainly dispelled the notion that he’s a bad teammate.
In fact, Jets players raved about his impact and leadership.
Just imagine that type of production from 2015 opposite Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard, a player who was very solid in his rookie season last year. That is nothing short of a juggernaut of talent for quarterback Eli Manning to throw to. A possible Marshall to the Giants scenario would also align itself with the need for the Giants to upgrade their red zone efficiency.
After all, this team was No. 22 in the league in red zone efficiency last year, scoring a touchdown on just 51.11 percent of their trips into the red zone last year. That’s a number that must improve, especially for a playoff team.
The scenario simply makes too much sense.
The Giants have the need, especially without Cruz. There also is the desire for Marshall to remain in New York, especially with his prominent role on Showtime’s ‘Inside the NFL.’ It might even allow for the Giants to score an unusual hometown discount given his desire to stay in the New York market. Marshall might be willing to take a pay cut to stay in New York, close to where he tapes the show on Tuesdays during his off day.
A switch to New York’s blue team also provides Marshall with perhaps his best chance at a Super Bowl run, one of the reasons why he was so content in New York with the Jets last offseason as there was the supposed belief that the team was poised for a playoff run. The Giants, fresh off their first playoff appearance since 2011, seem like a solid bet to return to the playoffs, especially if they can piece together their offensive line this offseason. Marshall might just push them over the top.
And in Eli Manning, twice a Super Bowl MVP, Marshall would have a quarterback who could not only get him the ball but has had his fair share of playoff success. The Giants now have a small title window with Manning.
It is a no-brainer move if general manager Jerry Reese has the chance to make it happen. Judging from the player himself, the interest is certainly more than lukewarm in the hot stove.
It surely adds up, especially since Marshall has covered his social media with hints of interest in the Giants. Where this leads him, perhaps to staying in New York, is anyone’s guess. But extending his stay at MetLife Stadium would turn the Giants into a certain Super Bowl contender.
And with a television commitment on Showtime taping on most Tuesdays, he’s one [potential] Giants wide receiver who wouldn’t have enough time for any trips to Florida to hang out on Justin Bieber’s boat. Just saying.