The Giants have released veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall with a failed physical designation, general manager Dave Gettleman confirmed at the team's draft press conference Thursday afternoon. The 34-year-old was entering the second season of a two-year, $11-million contract signed last offseason.
"So these last few years have been tough, last year with the Jets, this year with the Giants". While Marshall dreamed of winning a Super Bowl with the Giants before calling it a career at the end of his contract, the Giants imagined he'd serve as the ideal compliment to Odell Beckham Jr. He caught 18 passes for 154 yards with no touchdowns in five appearances.
"I have interest in everybody", the general manager said. I've rebuilt my body. Like Bryant, Marshall likely can't be picky if he wants to continue his career. "But I'm hopeful that the next couple years for me will be some unbelievable years and some of my best work".
The Giants have plenty of more pressing needs than wide receiver.
Marshall was selected by the Denver Broncos with the 119th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.
The 34-year-old has played for five teams during his 12-year National Football League career, amassing 959 receptions for 12,215 yards and 82 touchdowns during that span.
Marshall is now ranked third among active players in receptions and 16th all-time, needing only 23 to equal 2018 Hall of Fame inductee Randy Moss.
The decision to cut the six-time Pro Bowl receiver comes as no surprise.
The Giants freed $5.1 million in cap space and only lost $1 million in dead cap by releasing Marshall, which could make room for Bryant.