Not having a ton of salary-cap space didn't stop the New York Giants from making a splash at the start of free agency. They agreed with veteran free agent Brandon Marshall on a two-year deal Wednesday.
Marshall, 32, comes over from the crosstown rival New York Jets. He was released by the Jets last week.
It's a move that makes sense for both parties. Marshall gets to stay in the area and potentially continue his role as analyst on Showtime's "Inside the NFL." He also fills a void in the Giants' offense with his size and red zone skills.
Terms: 2 years, $12 million
ESPN 150 ranking: No. 21
Grade B: The Giants needed another receiver after releasing Victor Cruz earlier this offseason. Marshall fits their on-field needs, but also comes with some risk. He’s a talented player who instantly gives their offense another much-needed playmaker to complement Odell Beckham Jr. and support quarterback Eli Manning.
What it means: The Giants are going all-in. They know the problems Marshall had at some of his past stops. But with Manning at 36 years old and his window closing, they want to make sure he has the weapons necessary for at least one more Super Bowl run. The Giants’ offense struggled badly last season, finishing near the bottom of the league in points scored (19.4 PPG). At 6-foot-4, Marshall is the big, tall target that complements the Giants' receivers perfectly with Beckham and slot receiver Sterling Shepard either 6-foot or under. He's a big addition to their offense.
What’s the risk: Marshall is on his fifth team in 12 years. That doesn’t normally happen with players who possess his talent and skill. Marshall is an intriguing personality who hasn’t always fit in locker rooms. He has been known to drift when things start to go poorly. This is something coach Ben McAdoo will have to keep in check and monitor. Marshall isn’t afraid to speak his mind and at times that has been counterproductive. Fortunately for the Giants, they have a strong, tight-knit locker room that is filled with some quality veteran leaders. It could help keep Marshall in check.