The Seattle Seahawks have added six-time Pro Bowl selection Brandon Marshall to the roster. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Marshall has signed a one-year deal worth up to $2 million, and Marshall himself put this photo of himself in a Seahawks #12 jersey on Instagram.
At 34 years old, Marshall is coming off the worst season of his career, having caught just 18 passes for 154 yards and no touchdowns in his lone season with the New York Giants. To make matters worse, Marshall’s drop-laden year was cut due to season-ending ankle surgery, so he only appeared in five games.
During his prime years, Marshall was one of the best WRs in the entire league, with six seasons of at least 100 receptions, with three of those coming on three separate teams (Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears, New York Jets). Marshall’s first career touchdown came against Seattle back in 2006, and in 2009 he broke Terrell Owens’ single-game record for receptions, with 21 in a loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
We’re almost certainly not getting that Marshall in 2018, plus he doesn’t have a great history as a positive locker room presence. The best case scenario is he’s still got enough talent to carve out a role as a #3 or (more likely) #4 option in Seattle’s receiving corps. Otherwise, recent form suggests he could wind up being just like the Terrell Owens signing in 2012, where he’s so washed up that he doesn’t make the final roster cuts.
If by any chance Marshall makes the 53-man roster, then his first game as a Seahawk will be against the Denver Broncos, the very team that drafted him.