The Eagles have been in the top 10 in the league in drops each of the last two seasons, so maybe it is time for a change in personnel on the outside. That being said, most fans believe that help is on the way for Carson Wentz and the Eagles offense. One name that has been brought up with connection to the Eagles is current Jets WR, Brandon Marshall. Marshall is still under contract with the New York Jets, but it has been reported by many different media outlets that the Jets plan to part ways with him this offseason.
If Marshal does indeed get cut by New York and becomes a free agent, should the Eagles show interest? Marshall, who is 6’4 and 32 years old, is coming off of a year in where he had just 59 receptions, 788 receiving yards, and 3 Touchdowns. To be fair, the Jets had many quarterback struggles last season, to the point where Marshall caught passes from three different passers. In 2015 when the Jets quarterback situation was stable and Ryan Fitzpatrick played all 16 games, Marshall had 109 receptions, totaling 1,502 yards, and 14 Touchdowns.
While Marshall is not the deep threat WR that the Eagles desperately need, only averaging 5.9 yards a catch in his career, he could become a reliable red zone and third down target for Carson Wentz. Also, seeing how young the Eagles current wide receiver core is, bringing in a veteran like Marshall who has had recent success could benefit players like Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor, who are both still under 25 years old.
Another intriguing connection is that new Eagles WR coach Mike Groh worked with Marshall when both were in Chicago with the Bears in 2013 and 2014. In two years under Groh, Marshall had 161 catches, totaling 2,016 yards, while reeling in 20 touchdowns for the Bears. If Groh liked what he saw in Marshall from their two years together in Chicago he could try to influence Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman to show interest in the veteran wideout.
Yes, the Eagles would love to get long term solutions at the wide receiver position who can grow with Carson Wentz, but bringing in a veteran like Brandon Marshall could be a one or two year option with someone who could help the younger players and still produce at a very high level.
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