Free agent wide receiver Brandon Marshall has agreed to a two-year, $12-million contract with the New York Giants, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and multiple other media sources. Marshall had been released by the New York Jets, allowing him to sign with any other team prior to the start of the league’s free agency period. Free agency for players with expiring contracts begins at 4pm ET Thursday.
Marshall began his career as a fourth-round draft choice of the Denver Broncos in 2006. He spent four years with the club, catching 327 passes for 4,019 yards with 25 touchdowns and being selected to the Pro Bowl twice. Before the 2010 season, the Miami Dolphins traded for Marshall, sending two second-round picks to the Broncos. He spent two seasons in South Florida, adding another Pro Bowl selection along with 167 receptions for 2,228 yards, and nine touchdowns.
The Dolphins traded Marshall to the Chicago Bears before the 2012 season, picking up two third-round picks in the exchange. Marshall made the Pro Bowl and was a First-Team All-Pro selection in 2012, then the Pro Bowl again in 2013. He played three total seasons with Chicago, 2012 through 2014, totaling 279 receptions for 3,524 yards, with 31 touchdowns.
The Bears then traded Marshall to the New York Jets in 2015, picking up a fifth-round pick while also giving the Jets a seventh-round selection in the deal. In the last two seasons, Marshall caught 168 passes for 2,290 yards with 17 touchdowns, including 14 touchdowns in 2015 when he led the league and was selected to his sixth Pro Bowl.
The Jets reportedly attempted to sign Marshall to a conrtact extension this offseason, but the receiver asked to be released instead as the Jets undergo a rebuild. He now joins the Giants with quarterback Eli Manning and receivers Odell Beckham, Jr., and Sterling Shepard.