Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall Released by Saints
Brandon Marshall, who has played in 178 NFL regular season games without reaching the postseason during his career that has spanned 13 seasons, was waived on Wednesday by the New Orleans Saints.
The playoff drought for Brandon Marshall is the NFL’s ninth longest. It appeared as if it would end this season as the Saints have already clinched the NFC South title. The team did so with an impressive with an 11-2 record.
The wide receiver has been selected six times to play in the Pro Bowl. Although he did not appear in any games while with New Orleans. He signed last month with the team after Dez Bryant was lost for the season with an Achilles injury.
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It seems that the Saints did not see enough out of Marshall to activate the veteran. This is despite production being down from other members of the receiving corps behind top wide out Michael Thomas. Austin Carr and Tommylee Lewis and rookies Keith Kirkwood and Tre’Quan Smith, have just a combined seven receptions over the last three Saints games.
It is possible the Saints might get Ted Ginn Jr. the veteran wide receiver, back from their injured reserve list before the playoffs. Last week Saints head coach Sean Payton said Ginn’s rehab was going well following his knee injury.
Marshall started the season with Seattle appearing in six Seahawks games and caught 11 passes for 135 yards and one touchdown before being released November 1.
New Orleans was the fourth team Marshall has played for in the last three years. Additionally, it’s the seventh team of his career. The veteran, who is 34, is No. 16 all-time with 970 receptions and is No. 22 all-time in receiving yards at 12,351. Marshall has caught 83 touchdown passes during his career and his six seasons with 100 or more receptions is the most in league history.
The Saints replaced Marshall on their roster with Erik Swoope. The tight end was picked up off waivers after being released by the Colts. The 26-year old has caught eight passes and three touchdowns in the seven games he played during this season for Indianapolis.