Veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall called his foray into free agency "a humbling process" after the six-time Pro Bowler received little interest on the open market before agreeing to a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks this week.
"I didn't have a ton of options," Marshall said at Seahawks' OTAs. "I think the sentiment around the league is that I'm done, and I get it. Rightfully so. When you get on the other side of 30 and your production slips and you have a big injury, people just count you out. So it was an interesting process. It was a humbling process, to say the least.
"There were some really tough days that I had to push through, mentally and physically, so for this to be an opportunity and come to, you can't ask for a better situation. You've got probably a top-three quarterback, you've got one the best franchises, you've got a young nucleus, guys that are hungry and ready to compete."
Marshall, who turned 34 in March, was released by the New York Giants in April with a failed physical designation. He is recovering from surgery on his left ankle that limited him to five games in 2017, his first season with the Giants after joining the team on a two-year, $11 million deal last offseason. Marshall also revealed Wednesday he had surgery to repair a toe injury that has lingered since the 2015 season.
Marshall will reportedly make up to $2 million with incentives on his deal with the Seahawks.
"I feel good. I don't feel great," Marshall said, noting he began running without pain a few days after being cut by the Giants. "Obviously, I've got a lot of catching up to do and get into some football shape. ...
"So I'm excited about the process. I'm not where I want to be, not even close, but my goal is to be in midseason form come camp."
Marshall finished his 12th NFL season with 18 catches for 154 yards and no touchdowns, marking the first time in his career that he failed to catch a touchdown or appear in at least 13 games in a campaign. The Seahawks are Marshall's sixth team, though he has never played in the playoffs.
Marshall, who is among the active leaders with 959 receptions, 12,215 receiving yards and 82 touchdowns in his career, caught passes from Russell Wilson and Seattle's other quarterbacks during Wednesday's practice. Marshall didn't take part in any 11-of-11 drills.
"We just had to just ease him in today," head coach Pete Carroll said. "Just get him started, get him on the field with us and Friday we'll do a little bit more, just keep growing with it."
--Field Level Media