Last season wasn’t all that bad for Marshall, especially considering the shoddy play not only at quarterback but at virtually every position on the Jets’ entire offense. Marshall ended the year with 59 catches, 788 yards and three touchdowns. And even though he’ll be 33 in late March, the veteran can still play.
Already the first receiver in NFL history to record 1,000-yard seasons with four different teams, Marshall will now look to do so with his fifth NFL club. Marshall set single-season franchise records in Chicago and New York, and even as a veteran could potentially look to break even more records in the upcoming season.
The Giants made it to the postseason after an 11-5 finish in 2016, but lost in the Wild Card round to the Green Bay Packers. The offense struggled, and Beckham finished the game with just four catches for 28 yards. Marshall’s presence could have made a difference, and he’d like to have the opportunity to make an impact in the postseason.
“I’m tired of watching the playoffs on my couch,” Marshall said, via Martin.
However, Marshall has yet to make the playoffs in his career.
He’ll have a good shot of doing that with his new team in 2017. With the strength of the defense and the addition of Marshall, the Giants are in a better position to make it back to the playoffs next season.
His ascension made the veteran passer an expensive insurance policy — one that didn’t make sense for the team to keep. Cutting Romo brings huge savings for the Cowboys. He was set to count $24.7 million against the team’s salary cap, the highest cost of any player in the NFL. While he’ll still cost the team $19.6 million in dead money, that’s $5.1 of savings next fall and $20 million for 2018.
Now, he’s free to join another team for the first time in his NFL career.