Should the New York Giants Take a Chance on Brandon Marshall?
As another part of a troubling offseason for new coach Josh McDaniels, reports have come out that another offensive star wants out of Denver.
The first time it was quarterback Jay Cutler, who was angered after McDaniels tried to pick up his former quarterback in New England, Matt Cassel. Cutler was then shipped off to Chicago in return for Bears quarterback Kyle Orton.
Now it is wide receiver Brandon Marshall who's at odds with the team.
Many things have factored into Marshall wanting out. It has been said that Marshall wants a pay raise and was also mad with the Broncos medical team for misdiagnosing a hip problem.
So when a wide receiver pops up on the trade block, the usual names show up. Giants, Jets, and other teams who have an inexperienced or just poor wideout corps. Then, the question arises: Would I want to see Marshall wearing the Giants uniform this upcoming season?
Last year Marshall piled up 104 receptions, 1,265 yards, and six touchdowns to get himself a Pro Bowl spot.
With those stats, why wouldn't you want him, right?
Well, Marshall has had off-field issues, something that the Giants don't want to have to deal with after enduring Plaxico Burress's troubles last year.
But, then again, there is the inexperience of this year's Giants receivers.
Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks, Sinorice Moss, Domenik Hixon, and Ramses Barden is the outlook of this year's receiving corps. Nicks and Barden are rookies, while Hixon and Moss have three years of experience and Smith two.
While Brandon Marshall was drafted the same year as Moss and Hixon, his talent is no question among the best in the league. But would the Giants be willing to put up with his off-field issues, which could be magnified in New York?
I don't think so.
Like I said earlier, after having to put up with Burress last year, the Giants will not likely want more problems. They want to be in the spotlight more for good things on the field than bad things off of it.
That and the fact that Tom Coughlin is a coach that especially doesn't like players with off-field issues.
So while the receiving game may seem better with Marshall, I think the Giants will let him go to the Jets or Ravens and instead rely on the arm of Eli Manning, the running game, and their young receivers.
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