Brandon Marshall will still be playing at MetLife Stadium next season, but his uniform will be changing color.
Marshall will sign a two-year deal with the New York Giants. The contract will be for about $12 million, a person with knowledge of the deal said.
Marshall posted on Twitter on Wednesday morning a picture of a contract signed by him and the words “done deal.” The Giants also announced a conference call for Wednesday afternoon with Marshall.
Marshall, a six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, was released last week by the New York Jets as part of a series of salary-cap moves. Cornerback Darrelle Revis and center Nick Mangold have also left the team.
Marshall, 32, was acquired by the Jets in 2015 from the Chicago Bears for a draft pick. He has also played for the Denver Broncos and the Miami Dolphins. He holds the record for receptions in a single NFL game, with 21, set in 2009 with the Broncos. A tall, speedy receiver, he has given secondaries nightmares throughout his career.
He had a strong start with the Jets, with 1,502 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns in 2015. But last season, he slipped to 788 yards and three touchdowns as the Jets’ offense struggled and Quincy Enunwa emerged at the position.
Marshall has a reputation as a perfectionist and a player who speaks his mind, to a fault. Marshall got into a verbal spat with defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson in September. Revis said the incident cast a “dark cloud” over the rest of the season.
“I think, in retrospect, I could work on my timing,” Marshall said. “But I’m totally fine with my approach. My only motive is to win games.”
He joins a Giants receiving corps that includes Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard. The Giants released 30-year-old Victor Cruz last month. Beckham himself has a sometimes fiery personality. Several teammates criticized him after he punched a hole in a Sheetrock wall at Lambeau Field after the Giants were eliminated from the playoffs in January.