According to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe, the Patriots and free agent WR Brandon Marshall have “some mutual interest.”
The Patriots have been known to take a look at veteran receivers who are looking for an opportunity to compete for a Super Bowl title, so it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see them kick the tires on Marshall.
It’s worth mentioning that signing Marshall wouldn’t factor into a team’s compensatory picks next year because he’ll be released.
Marshall, 32, is a former fourth-round pick by the Broncos in the 2009 NFL Draft. After four years in Denver, he was traded to the Dolphins in 2010.
Marshall’s time in Miami was limited to just two season before he was once again traded, this time to the Bears in return for two third-round picks. In total, Marshall spent three seasons with the Bears, but was traded for a third time to the Jets in March of 2015.
Marshall was in the final year of his contract and set to make a $7.5 million base salary for the 2017 season when the Jets released him in a move that freed up $7.5 million of available cap space.
In 2016, Marshall appeared in 15 games for the Jets and recorded 59 receptions for 788 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Pro Football Focus rated Marshall as the No. 67 wide receiver out of 115 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2017 Free Agents list.