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Brandon Marshall

Old Team – New York Jets

New Team – New York Giants

KEY VITALS

Brandon Marshall signed a two year, $12 million contract back in March which he claims will be his last contract as an NFL player in a last ditch effort to get the hardware that comes with a Superbowl victory after moving across the big City of New York.

Since being drafted in the 4th round of the 2006 NFL Draft, Marshall has eclipsed the 1000 yard receiving mark in 8 of his 11 seasons and has just joined his fifth NFL team. In his career, Brandon, known around the league as “the beast”, has over 12,000 yards receiving with 941 catches and 82 TD’s. Some of his best years have come with one of his best friends (QB Jay Cutler) tossing him the rock in Denver and Chicago.

Brandon has had his share of off-field problems early in his career from constant battles with his High School sweetheart to witnessing the death of his teammate (Denver CB Darrent Williams) who was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in downtown Denver in the early morning of New Years Day 2007. Some say that Marshall and his cousin instigated the “crips” street gang to open fire on the limo that Marshall and other Bronco players were traveling in.

Brandon has since matured and moved on from his former sweetheart and “tough guy” image to make a better name for himself while getting married to his new love in his life in 2010. In 2011, Marshall went public that he had been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and has donated much of his time and money to the cause with plans to do so on a larger scale once he retires from football in two years.

Career Statistics

Year

Team

Games

Receptions

Yards

Tds

2016

Jets

15

59

788

3

2015

Jets

16

109

1502

14

2014

Bears

13

61

721

8

2013

Bears

16

100

1295

12

2012

Bears

16

118

1508

11

2011

Dolphins

16

81

1214

6

2010

Dolphins

14

86

1014

3

2009

Broncos

13

101

1120

10

2008

Broncos

15

104

1265

6

2007

Broncos

16

102

1325

7

2006

Broncos

1

20

309

2

Total

151

941

12,061

82

Fantasy Outlook

Brandon Marshall is the first NFL player to have a 1000 yard receiving season with four different teams and is looking to accomplish that feat with a fifth team after joining the New Giants in March. He also holds the record for most 100+ catch seasons with six.

Odell Beckham, Jr will certainly command plenty of attention on the other side of the field which should allow plenty of opportunities for Marshall to add to his stats as an NFL receiver. At 33 years old, Brandon has plenty of gas left in the tank and has a decent chance at putting up quality stats in 2017 with having an experienced quarterback in Eli Manning throwing him the ball.

Team Impact

With the addition of Marshall combined with TE Evan Engram being drafted in the 2017 NFL Draft and the emergence of Paul Perkins as the starting running back, I believe the Giants offense is going to be tough to beat as they have attempted to fill two of their biggest needs at TE and WR.

The arrival of Marshall and Engram can only open things up even more for WR’s Beckham, Jr and Sterling Shepard who is coming off a solid rookie campaign.

I am looking forward to watching this offense develop as a whole and believe the key will be how quick Engram and Perkins transition to the pro’s in their first and second year respectively.

The Giants have every chance to win the NFC East Division in 2017 as their defense is solid and their offense has only gotten better since the end of last year. Their Division has all of a sudden got to be a very tough one to win but the G-men have just as good a chance as the other three teams trying to accomplish the same.

Old Team Impact

The New York Jets couldn’t have done much worse last year after finishing last in the AFC East with a 5-11 record. Time is long past for them to accept that they need to go into a full rebuild mode and that does not entail keeping aging veterans such as Brandon Marshall so his departure is a good thing for the Jets as they have to find their identity which starts with the guy lining up under center as they have struggled year after year with finding their future starting quarterback. Once they find that building block, they will have a foundation to build the rest of the team around. They are nowhere close to that point today in my opinion as they are still searching for that leader.

WR Quincy Enunwa will benefit the most from Marshall’s vacancy with Robby Anderson facing felony charges and Devin Smith recovering from a season-ending surgery to repair a torn ACL.