The New York Jets released veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall earlier this week, a clear sign that they are opting to get rid of all big contracts and beginning to enter a rebuild. The move makes sense for Marshall, who’s talent was never fully utilized in New York due to their poor quarterback play. Now Marshall is one of the top receivers on the market, and here are three teams that could use his services:
- Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles are actively pursuing a trade for New Orleans wide receiver Brandin Cooks, but Marshall would be a nice signing in case they don’t want to pay Cooks the money it would take to get him to Philly. The Eagles were one of the worst receiving teams in the NFL last season, but they have a blossoming young quarterback in Carson Wentz who did well despite the lack of talent he had to throw to. If the Eagles add a veteran like Marshall to the mix, that gives Wentz and receiver he can count on to makes plays and also will give Marshall plenty of more touches than he got in New York.
- New York Giants
The Giants make a lot of sense, and Marshall wouldn’t have to move at all if he signs with them. With the release of Victor Cruz, the Giants could use another wide receiver with the experience to lead a unit with the young and talented Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard. Marshall the type of guy that would have told Beckham and Shepard not to take pictures on a boat in Florida or even go in the first place. Eli Manning would have a tall wideout to get the ball to, and having three strong options on the outside with certainly give opposing defensive coordinators nightmares. Plus, Marshall would still be able to appear on New York City-based television shows and continue that career option, which I’m sure has to be somewhat of a factor as well.
- Tennessee Titans
The Titans have also made a push for Brandin Cooks, and they appear to have a better chance of signing him than the Eagles do. They have really been prioritizing the receiver position all offseason in order to surround Marcus Mariota with some weapons on the perimeter, and Marshall would fit that bill and then some. The Titans are a team that’s getting better by the day and a team that can realistically win a weak AFC South next season, so if Marshall wants to be part of a winning team and be a leader to a bunch of young and talented guys, he may consider Tennessee as a distention if their great front office shows interest.