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New Orleans Saints Release Veteran Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall

Just weeks before he was ready to appear in his first NFL playoff game, veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall was released by the New Orleans Saints, according to ESPN's Field Yates.

The Saints signed Marshall back in November. This took place after fellow Pro Bowl wide receiver Dez Bryant - whom the Saints had just recently signed - tore his Achilles in practice. Bryant didn't get the chance to suit up for the NFC leaders.

Marshall also didn't appear in any games for the Saints this season. He played seven contests for the Seattle Seahawks, catching 11 passes for 136 yards and one touchdown. However, the Seahawks decided to release a struggling Marshall mid-season, and they look poised to make the playoffs.

Again, so much for Marshall appearing in a playoff game.

A potential future Hall of Famer, Marshall has been one of the best wide receivers in the 21st century. But he's now 34 years of age and has been on the decline over the last three years, which is why it's been a struggle for him to find a long-term home in the NFL.

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Marshall signed a three-year contract with the New York Giants in the 2017 offseason, joining an offense that included Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard. But injuries limited Marshall to just five games, and he was released after just one year in New York.

The 34-year-old has accumulated 970 receptions for 12,351 yards and 83 touchdowns. Marshall is in his 13th NFL season, but you wonder if he'll hang up the cleats after this year.

What This Means

It's obviously disappointing for Marshall, who was about to appear in his first NFL postseason game. However, the Saints decided not to retain the 34-year-old as they gear up for another run at the Super Bowl.

At this point of the season, it's extremely unlikely that Marshall will find a new team, and it's possible he's already played his final game in the NFL.

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