Six-time Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall has found himself a new home. Per Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday, the veteran receiver has signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the New York Giants.
Marshall can step in right away and be a reliable target for Eli Manning in a passing game that ranked 17th in the league last year. At 6’4, Marshall also gives the Giants size at the receiver position. And for Marshall, Manning is a significant upgrade over Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty and Geno Smith.
Nobody should be happier about this move than Odell Beckham Jr. While Beckham was productive last season, with 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns, the addition of Marshall should draw coverage from Beckham and free him up to move around the formation and take advantage of specific matchups.
He spent his first two seasons backing up Drew Bledsoe and Vinny Testaverde before replacing Bledsoe in 2006. He was an instant hit in Dallas, making the Pro Bowl in three of his first four seasons as a starter and leading the franchise to winning records in each of those years.
Though he’d miss the majority of the 2010 season with a broken collarbone, Romo remained a reliable starter for the Cowboys well into the next decade. That changed in 2015, when another collarbone injury limited him to only four games. Backup Matt Cassel struggled in relief, leading the team to draft Dak Prescott in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft as both a backup plan and potential quarterback of the future.
That backup plan was driven into high gear last fall. Romo suffered a broken vertebrae in his back during the preseason, handing the starting role to Prescott, who was a revelation behind center. The rookie set the NFL record for most pass attempts to start a career without and interception and helped lead Dallas to an NFC East title and the conference’s best record in 2016.