Last night, the New York Jets announced that they would be releasing veteran Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall. Almost instantly, speculation to where Marshall would go next began. The Ravens were singled out as a landing spot quickly, as Baltimore is in need for a game breaking wide receiver since Steve Smith Sr. retired this offseason. The Ravens also have the tendency to bring in players near the tail end of their career, to contribute for a few seasons, most recently receivers like Steve Smith Sr.
Marshall attended UCF, just like Ravens receiver Breshad Perriman. He played for the Broncos, Dolphins, Bears, and most recently the Jets. In 8 of 11 seasons, Marshall has totaled over 1,000 yards receiving, and has been voted to the Pro Bowl 6 times in his career. His short tenure ended with the Jets after two seasons. In his first season with the Jets in 2015 he put up 1,502 yards, and in 2016, 788 yards. Marshall is also known for his work in promoting mental health illness awareness, after suffering from his own mental illness.
Signing Marshall would be a great move for the Ravens. He presumably has more gas in the tank, as he still put up just under 800 yards receiving with the Jets and their quarterback problems, and it was only two years ago since he had 1,500 yards receiving. Marshall was set to make $7.5 million next year. If the Ravens can get him for around $6 million, they might seriously consider signing him. Marshall would bring much needed help to the Ravens receiving core. I expect the Ravens to be interested and explore their options with Marshall. Ozzie Newsome is never shy to add a big name if given the chance.