Brandon Marshall Says He Wants to Play for Giants Next Season

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistDecember 29, 2017

New York Giants Brandon Marshall poses for a picture at the opening of
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Retirement seemed to be the furthest thing from New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall's mind Thursday when he said he wants to play at least two more years.

"I'm all-in on football," he said, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com. "I've rebuilt my body. I think I'm two great years away fromβ€”and I'll say it, I want to be a Hall of Famer, and I think I got two great years to go to be mentioned with some of the greats. I'm not just playing this game just to be a guy; I want to be remembered for the product that I put out on the field."

Raanan noted Marshall missed the last 11 games of the 2017 campaign with an ankle injury.

Raanan explained Marshall can earn up to $5.5 million in 2018, which is the last year he is under contract for the Giants. While the team will ultimately have to decide whether it will bring him back, the receiver acknowledged "it's not about the money for me" and understood there is a "business side of it" when playmakers are coming off down seasons at 33 years old.

Marshall has played for the Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, New York Jets and Giants throughout his career and is a six-time Pro Bowler with 12,215 career receiving yards.

While he looked like a Hall of Famer in 2015 with 1,502 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns catches for the Jets, he caught just three touchdowns in 2016 and zero in five games in an injury-shortened 2017 campaign.

"So these last few years have been tough, last year with theΒ Jets, this year with the Giants," he said. "But I'm hopeful that the next couple years for me will be some amazing years and some of my best work."

If he does return to the Giants and turns in some of his best work, he may be able to reach the playoffs for the first time in his career.

New York figures to have a healthy Odell Beckham Jr. as well after he suffered a season-ending injury, and the one-two punch at wide receiver will pose a problem for any opposing defense and help Marshall tally numbers to bolster his Hall of Fame credentials.