The Giants are the fifth team Marshall has played for since he was drafted in the fourth round by the Denver Broncos in 2006.
His release comes on the heels of the Dallas Cowboys’ decision to cut ties with their star wideout, Dez Bryant. Following his dismissal from Dallas, the 29-year-old Bryant made it known that his preference was to play for an NFC East team, and he specifically referenced the possibility of playing alongside the Giants’ crop of young talent.
“Playing with [Odell Beckham, Jr.], Sterling [Shepard] … the tight end [Evan Engram], [Eli] Manning? Crazy,” Bryant told CBS Sports of playing for the Giants, who also are rumored to be considering drafting Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick next week. “That’d be crazy!” Bryant told CBS Sports.
In response to Bryant’s interest in joining the Giants, Marshall wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post: “Sorry baby bro no room. @dezbryant.”
Bryant was released last Friday after eight seasons in Dallas. He caught 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns in 2017 and ended his Cowboys’ tenure with 7,459 receiving yards and 73 touchdowns on 531 receptions. He was owed $12.5 million.
When asked Thursday if Marshall’s release meant the Giants might be interested in signing Bryant, Gettleman responded to reporters: “We’re interested in everybody.”
The Giants save $5.1 million by cutting Marshall, whose first season with the team was cut short because of an ankle injury.
Marshall caught 18 passes for 154 yards (no touchdowns) in five games for the Giants in 2017.