If Antonio Brown and Brandon Marshall make another Porsche bet, they may have the chance to meet up in person and talk about it.
The Baltimore Ravens’ team website says the club is expected to have interest in Marshall should the New York Jets release him. Assistant GM Eric DeCosta says they’re at least looking for a big, possession-type receiver.
“I think we’re looking for a guy that can catch the ball, move the chains and get critical first downs when needed,” DeCosta told the site.
Marshall would fit that bill, a declining receiver with questionable hands but a red zone threat who can stretch the field. Baltimore has already lost Steve Smith and possibly Dennis Pitta, a potential cap casualty. Pitta finished the year as the man DeCosta describes, a third down maven who routinely kept drives alive.
Meanwhile, the Jets are in the process of a roster dump. 40% of their offensive line has been release over the past week with right tackle Breno Giacomini and yesterday, center Nick Mangold cut. Owed $7.5 million in 2017 without any dead money, he’s a logical cut for a team clearly far, far away from competing for anything than third place in the AFC East.
If you’re wondering, Marshall has 35 receptions for 412 yards and a touchdown in his career against the Steelers. He had one of his best game against Pittsburgh this past year, snagging eight passes for 114 yards and a touchdown in a loss.
DeCosta went on to tell the site they are looking for a contrasting style of player to Mike Wallace and Chris Moore, two speedsters who make all their plays downfield.
Free agency kicks off on March 9th.