For a time, Brandon Marshall was one of the most productive wide receivers in the NFL. He had over 100 catches and more than 1,100 yards six times in a nine-season span (2007-2015), spanning four teams as it were (Bears, Dolphins, Bears, Jets).
But after a disappointing 2016, for him (59 receptions for 788 yards and three touchdowns) and the team, Marshall was part of the veteran purge the Jets undertook before last season. He landed with the Giants, but an ankle injury ended his season after five games and 18 receptions for 154 yards.
Marshall's roster status with the Giants was up in the air, until Thursday's news they will cut him and save $5.1 million in salary cap space.
With Marshall out of the picture, there's a clear line to draw from the Giants to Dez Bryant. Bryant has said he wants to play in the NFC East, in order to play the Cowboys twice, and further said he wants to play for the Giants.
If the Giants want Bryant, they have made room for him in direct defiance of Marshall's declaration there wasn't room earlier this week. There are better fits out there, but Bryant's vengeance against the Cowboys has a better chance to be realized by staying in the division than it did even a day ago.