The New England Patriots have some work to do this off season getting guys secured that are free agents, and also signing players to fill the void of players that potentially leave.
Among one of the hottest talked about free agents that the Patriots will consider signing is recently released WR Brandon Marshall, who was released just days ago by the New York Jets as they looked to clear some salary.
Vegas has released the odds of Marshall coming to New England and the Patriots are amongst the top 2 teams that are favored to land the 6’4″ wide receiver.
NEW YORK GIANTS: +120 (bet $100 to win $120)
Signing with the Giants would allow Marshall to remain in New York.
They already have an All-World wideout in Odell Beckham and an up-and-coming talent in Sterling Shephard. Landing Marshall would give QB Eli Manning a veteran weapon and the big target he’s been lacking. Think Plaxico Burress: The Sequel.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: +500 (bet $100 to win $500)
The Boston Globe reported that Marshall and the Patriots have “some mutual interest.” The Patriots have a history of taking on embattled players and turning them into superstars (Randy Moss, LeGarrette Blount come to mind). Marshall would be heavily favored to win his first playoff game with Tom Brady.
Among the other favored teams are the Eagles, Ravens and Steelers.
Brandon Marshall makes a lot of sense to come to the Patriots. Marshall is a huge target for Tom Brady, at 6’4″, he could really fill that role that Martellus Bennett filled as a secondary big target in the red zone. That and of course Marshall is a huge downfield threat as well.
Those that have issue with Marshall and anything he does off the field are the same people that ate crow when players like Corey Dillon and Randy Moss came to town. Marshall is a hell of a player, look at the QB’s he’s played with: Jay Cutler, Kyle Orton, Chad Henne, Matt Moore, Ryan Fitzpatrick. It’s a damn miracle he amassed 12,000 yds and 82 TD’s with those guys.
If the Patriots can’t secure a player like Brandon Cooks, Brandon Marshall would certainly be a nice consolation prize.