Brandon Marshall is looking forward to making an impact with his newest team.
The veteran wide receiver recently signed a one-year deal with the Saints to replace Dez Bryant , who suffered a torn Achilles during his first practice with New Orleans.
Marshall, a six-time Pro Bowl player, will be joining the roster of his seventh NFL team, and his fourth in three years. He knows all too well the pain of an extended career in the league. When he joined the Seahawks — his most recent team prior to signing with the Saints — in May, he was recovering from ankle and toe surgeries. He also injured his knee in training camp.
Seattle released him after six games.
“I’ve been on the top,” Marshall said, via the Athletic , “and I’m at the bottom right now. So, the experiences that you get, the people that you meet, you can’t get anywhere else. The last few years, I’ve been fighting and plugging away. Left the Jets to try to pursue an opportunity like this. Landed (with the) New York (Giants), and things didn’t go right there. I end up getting hurt and going on IR.
“I got an amazing opportunity to go to the Seahawks. That was an amazing experience. I just wasn’t healthy enough. When you’re on the other side of 30 and you don’t produce, this is the situation you’ll find yourself in. I’m excited and grateful for this opportunity. I love playing football, and this is something I want to continue to do.”
Marshall is entering his 13th season after spending time in Denver, which picked him in the fourth round of the 2006 draft, Miami, Chicago, New York and Seattle.
In all that time — 178 career games — he has yet to make it to the postseason.
“Let’s not jump ahead. Let’s not jump ahead,” Marshall said. “I’ve got a lot of learning to do, and a lot of catching up.”
So far this season, Marshall has 11 catches for 136 yards and one touchdown on 23 targets. He’s expected to make his debut with the Saints when New Orleans hosts the Eagles on Sunday.
Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET.