The first big signing of the 2017 NFL Free Agency period went down early on Wednesday, with former New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall latching on with the New York Giants. The move keeps Marshall and his family in the New York area, while allowing the star wide receiver to potentially compete in the playoffs with the Giants.

Per reports, the deal is worth roughly $12 million over the next two years, while Marshall will serve a complementary role next to Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard. The 33-year old Marshall is in arguable decline after a down 2016 campaign, but still looks like a massive upgrade over the regressing Victor Cruz on paper.

New York cut ties with Cruz earlier this offseason after the veteran struggled to stay healthy or produce across the last three seasons. The signing of Marshall could solidify an already strong offense, but one that struggled to consistently produce points at an elite level.

With Victor Cruz gone, signing Brandon Marshall is a good move on the Giants part. We all know OBJ is the top guy for the Giants. However, EVERY TEAM NEEDS A TOP ONE AND TWO RECEIVERS! Marshall will have to accept that he is no longer the number one receiver like he was for his whole career. However, as he continues to age, he should be willing to accept this. Not to mention that Sterling Shepard is there as well. This will help them compete more in the NFC East. While they were able to do so last season, adding Marshall should scare the Cowboys. This is a good deal.

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