Per Field Yates, the New Orleans Saints have released veteran wideout Brandon Marshall
The Saints have released WR Brandon Marshall, per source.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 12, 2018
The move comes as Pro Football Talk reports that the Saints have claimed tight end Erik Swoope off waivers.
The move could signify that wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. who is eligible to come off IR after knee surgery, is on his way back to the team. Ginn’s return would boost the Saints’ passing game as New Orleans has lacked the positive impact of a deep-threat that could take the top off of defenses.
On a somewhat less positive note, it could also simply mean that the Saints’ coaching staff does not see Marshall as a marked improvement from the young wide receivers on the team. Should that be the case, New Orleans will have to rely on Tre’Quan Smith, Keith Kirkwood, Tommylee Lewis and Austin Carr to complement pro-bowl wide receiver Michael Thomas.
The rest of the season for the Saints’ receiving corps promises to be interesting: while Thomas has been playing at an elite level so far this season, nearly all of the other receivers have had performances marred by inconsistency.