The New York Giants have released wide receiver Brandon Marshall with a “failed physical” designation.
The move was confirmed by general manager Dave Gettleman Thursday at his pre-draft press conference.
The Giants signed Marshall just before the start of the 2017 free agency period shortly after he requested his release from the New York. The move was an attempt to add a red zone threat and take pressure off of Odell Beckham Jr as well as add a big-bodied receiver to help with blocking on the perimeter.
Unfortunately, Marshall was unable to ever really get on the same page as Eli Manning. His pre-season was cut short by a shoulder injury suffered against the Cleveland Browns, and then had his season ended by an ankle injury suffered against the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Giants should save roughly $5.1 million in cap space, but what they will do with it (if anything) is still unknown.
The speculation is that the Giants are newly released receiver Dez Bryant’s top choice, giving him the opportunity to play with Beckham and Eli Manning, as well as against his former team twice a year, and now with the release of Marshall, the Giants do have an opening for a big-bodied veteran receiver.
In response to a question about Bryant, Gettleman said, “We’re interested in everybody.”
The Giants also waived offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker, an undrafted free agent who spent last season on injured reserve.