Marshall Signing Bolsters Giants Roster
- Updated: March 17, 2017
The New York Giants were blasted in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs by the Green Bay Packers last season, but they’ll be looking to return to the postseason and put forth a better performance this year after signing Brandon Marshall to upgrade their wide receiver corps.
Marshall spent the past two seasons with the New York Jets, collecting 1,501 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015 before slumping to 788 receiving yards and just three touchdowns on the imploding team last season. Still, the Giants signed the 32-year-old Marshall to a two-year, $11 million contract two weeks ago despite his decline in production.
And Marshall will now get a steady quarterback in Eli Manning while playing a second-fiddle role to Odell Beckham in the Giants offense. With Beckham, Marshall, and Sterling Shepard at receiver the Giants are now set at the position as they try to challenge the Dallas Cowboys for supremacy in the NFC East. New York sits mid-pack at +1800 on the Super Bowl 52 odds.
The team that leads those Super Bowl futures, the defending champion New England Patriots, also improved at wide receiver this offseason by acquiring Brandin Cooks from the New Orleans Saints in exchange for first-round and third-round draft picks. Cooks put up over 1,100 receiving yards in each of the past two seasons for the Saints, and scored eight TDs last year. New England sits as the clear +400 favorite on the odds to win Super Bowl 52.
Seahawks Add Lacy at Running Back
The Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, and Seattle Seahawks are all at +1000 on the updated Super Bowl 52 odds, with Seattle signing running back Eddie Lacy away from Green Bay last week. The Seahawks, who gave Lacy a one-year, $5.55 million contract, will be looking for him to return to his 2014 form while Green Bay still has a hole to fill at the position. The Packers added tight end Martellus Bennett on a three-year, $20.25 million contract.
The Minnesota Vikings have parted ways with longtime running back Adrian Peterson, but remain in the upper half of the Super Bowl 52 odds at +3300 after signing Latavius Murray from the Oakland Raiders to fill that hole. Murray rushed for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns last season for the Raiders, who went 12-4 and hold down +1600 odds to win Super Bowl 52.
The Houston Texans, who got rid of quarterback Brock Osweiler, are also at +1600 on the Super Bowl 52 odds, as are the Denver Broncos. Both of those teams are a potential landing spot for surplus Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who is expected to be either traded or released in the days ahead. Romo’s new team likely gets a boost on the Super Bowl odds.
*Odds as of March 17, 2017