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NFL Free Agency: Brandon Marshall reaches agreement with New York Giants

With the legal tampering period kicking off Tuesday at noon, teams were allowed to make “agreements” but are not allowed to officially sign the player until free agency begins on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. In this case, since Brandon Marshall was released, he was eligible to sign a deal before the official start of free agency. The former New York Jets wide receiver has agreed to stay in New York and sign with the New York Giants on a two-year deal, per Adam Schefter.

The fit is perfect for both parties. Marshall gets to stay in New York City, so he can continue to work on the “Inside the NFL” television show on Showtime, and the Giants can add a weapon on the perimeter to help out Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard.

From a fantasy perspective, this signing will significantly boost Marshall, who had a down-year with a bunch of scrubs throwing him the ball for the Jets. Manning’s stock will also get a boost with another big-bodied receiving option. Beckham’s touchdowns could slip with the bigger Brandon Marshall getting targeted more in the red zone, but he should still put up top-five wide receiver fantasy numbers. Shepard could also get a slight boost with Marshall and Beckham receiving the majority of the defensive attention. Now all they need a legitimate running back.

It will be interesting to see if the two diva wideouts can co-exist on the same team, as Marshall and Beckham have had their share of sideline tirades. Will Brandon Marshall bitch if/when Beckham receives more targets? It will be on Manning to find the open receiver and block out the bitching that the two divas will most certainly produce.

Overall, it’s a solid signing by the Giants and they’re only linked to Marshall for two seasons. He tends to wear out his welcome after year one, so it’s a good “prove-it” deal for Marshall, or he could be viewed as untouchable if he’s cut after this season. If the Giants win, Brandon Marshall and Beckham should be able to co-exist.

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