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The New Orleans Saints have found their replacement for Dez Bryant. 34-year-old veteran wideout Brandon Marshall, who was released by the Seattle Seahawks earlier this season, will sign a one-year contract with New Orleans, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Marshall had a workout with the Saints last week and the two sides came close to an agreement—before New Orleans ultimately decided to sign Bryant, who tore his Achilles during his second practice.
Despite possessing one of the NFL’s most potent offenses, the Saints sought a complimentary receiver to pair next to superstar Michael Thomas. Tedd Ginn, the team’s No. 2 receiver, is currently on injured reserve and may not return this season. With Bryant unable to suit up for the Saints and veteran Cameron Meredith undergoing season-ending knee surgery last week, signing Marshall became a priority.
The 6-foot-5 Marshall has bounced around the league in the past few years. His last strong season came in 2015, when he caught 14 touchdowns with 1,502 receiving yards with the New York Jets. The following year, Marshall’s second and final season with the Jets, he found the end zone just three times in 15 games.
Marshall signed with the New York Giants before the start of the 2017 season, but had only 18 receptions in five games. He played seven games for the Seahawks this season, catching just 11 passes with one touchdown.
Currently in his 13th season in the NFL, Marshall has never played in a playoff game. Assuming he stays healthy, that will change this January. The Saints (8-1) have won eight straight and look destined for a deep postseason run.