Two days after Brandon Marshall posted a temporary picture on social media playfully telling Dez Bryant that the role of veteran, big-bodied wide receiver already was filled with the Giants — “Sorry baby bro no room,” he wrote on a since-deleted Instagram post — the job has opened up.
The Giants released Marshall on Thursday with a failed physical designation, general manager Dave Gettleman confirmed during his pre-draft news conference. The transaction was first reported by The Washington Post. As for whether the Giants have interest in acquiring Bryant, Gettleman said, “I have interest in everybody. We’ll do our film work and you never know.”
Bryant, 29, who was released by the Cowboys last week, certainly is interested in joining the Giants. He’s spoken about it publicly since his departure from Dallas.
“The Giants got a hell of a defense,” Bryant told 247Sports.com this week. “They’re going to pay OBJ, so [he’s] coming back. Playing with him, Sterling [Shepard] . . . the tight end [Evan Engram], [Eli] Manning? Crazy . . . That’d be crazy.”
Bryant even threw Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, who some believe could be the Giants’ first draft pick, into the potential mix.
The biggest lure to signing with the Giants for Bryant, though, would not be the money or the chance to play with Beckham.
“If it’s somewhere else, that’s fine,” Bryant said. “But I’d like to play the Cowboys twice [a year].”
Marshall, 34, reportedly took a pay cut to remain with the Giants in 2018, but the team clearly was unhappy with his progress from ankle and toe surgeries that robbed him of most of last season. In that first year with the Giants, he caught only 18 passes for 154 yards in five games.
And what of Beckham? Gettleman on Thursday would not say the door to trading him has been shut, but he did suggest that Beckham is a part of the organization’s plans.
“He’s on our team,” Gettleman said. “He’s a valued member of our football team.”