As it turns out, the Brandon Marshall Experiment lasted only five games.
The New York Giants released the 12-year veteran wide receiver Thursday. General manager Dave Gettleman said it was because Marshall failed a physical. Marshall suffered an injury ankle that required season-ending surgery in the same game where Odell Beckham Jr. was lost for the season.
Marshall, who turned 34 on Mar. 23, signed a two-year, $12 million deal just days after he was released by the stadium mate New York Jets last offseason. He never seemed to get comfortable in the Giants offense, finishing with 18 catches for 154 yards and no touchdowns.
Marshall had been a constant presence at the Giants facility since his injury. He had been working to return this season.
“I’m all-in on football,” Marshall said in an interview late in the season. “I’ve rebuilt my body. I think I’m two great years away from, and I’ll say it, I want to be a Hall of Famer and I think I got two great years to go to be mentioned with some of the greats.
“I’m not just playing this game just to be a guy. I want to be remembered for the product that I put out on the field. So, these last few years have been tough–last year with the Jets, this year with the Giants–but I’m hopeful that the next couple years for me will be some amazing years and some of my best work.”
Marshall, who gained a reputation for being one of the NFL’s more outspoken players, also attempted to be a team leader and mentor. Cornerback Eli Apple said that Marshall was one of the players who reached out to him during his tumultuous 2017 season.
Marshall was selected by the Denver Broncos with the 119th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. In 12 seasons with the Broncos, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, Jets, and Giants, he has 959 receptions for 12,215 yards and 82 touchdowns.
Marshall is currently ranked third among active players in receptions and 16th all-time, needing only 23 to equal 2018 Hall of Fame inductee Randy Moss. He is also third among active players in receiving yards (23rd all-time) and receiving touchdowns (tied for 23rd all-time). Marshall was a First-team All-Pro in 2012 and was named to six Pro Bowls (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015). He is the only player in NFL history with six seasons of at least 100 receptions.
Marshall had a $6.2 million cap hit for the 2018 season, seventh highest on the team. The Giants will save $5.156 million by releasing him.