Brandon Marshall ‘healthy now and ready to roll’ with Saints
Brandon Marshall admits to being “a little devastated” when the New Orleans Saints opted to sign Dez Bryant instead of him after both veteran wide receivers took part in workouts with the team. The chance to sign with the Saints of course presented itself again and Marshall says he’s grateful for the opportunity, especially given the “narrative is that I’m done.”
Marshall, who signed with the Saints on Monday after Bryant’s season-ending Achilles injury, could not help but crack a joke when asked Wednesday whether he still has anything left in the tank.
“No, I’m done. I’m washed up,” Marshall said, via ESPN’s Mike Triplett. “What my film says this year is what it is.”
Marshall was cut by the Seattle Seahawks two weeks ago after being cut loose by the New York Giants in April following a profoundly disappointing 2017 campaign cut short by injury. The 34-year-old veteran admitted being cut twice in one year “built a lot of character.”
Marshall, who had toe surgery in May and was slowed by a hamstring injury during the summer, insists that he’s been “fit as a fiddle” and “healthy as a trout” since Week 3 or 4. The chance to join a potent offense led by Drew Brees, something Marshall called “a wide receiver’s dream, has the veteran eager to prove he can still produce.
“I’ve spent most of my career as the guy on top, All-Pro, Pro Bowl guy … and I’m at the bottom right now,” Marshall said. “I got an amazing opportunity to go to the Seahawks. That was an amazing experience. I just wasn’t healthy enough. So when you’re on the other side of 30 and you don’t produce, this is the situation you’ll find yourself in. So I’m excited and grateful for this opportunity, and I love playing football, and it’s something I want to continue to do.”
Marshall put up 11 catches for 136 yards in one touchdown in seven games with the Seahawks. If the onetime superstar, now apparently in full health and eager to prove himself, can rediscover his game and produce in an already-lethal Saints offense, look out.