Ever since news came that Dez Bryant suffered a torn Achilles in his second practice with the New Orleans Saints, there’s been reporting that the Saints would likely turn to another veteran receiver it brought in for a workout the same day Bryant was brought in: Brandon Marshall.
Now the ink is drying on that deal.
Brandon Marshall signs one-year deal
Via ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Saints and Marshall have finalized a one-year deal.
Nick Underhill, Saints reporter for the New Orleans Advocate, wrote on Sunday night that the team would have Marshall in New Orleans on Monday with the intent of getting him into the fold. Marshall impressed the team in his workout last week, Underhill wrote, but ultimately signed Bryant to provide a second true receiver option to the offense.
Saints’ assistant general manager Jeff Ireland was the GM of the Miami Dolphins in 2010 when the Dolphins acquired Marshall in a trade with Denver.
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Brandon Marshall through his career
Brandon Marshall through his career
DENVER - 2006: Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos poses for his 2006 NFL headshot at photo day in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Getty Images)
Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos in action against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio on October 22, 2006. (Photo by Steve Grayson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
11_19_07_Broncos_Titans_HR_2373 - 11 19 07 Denver Broncos Brandon Marshall (15) beats Tennessee Titans Chris Hope on a pass play for a 41 yard touchdown in the third quarter. Helen Richardson, The Denver Post (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
(CM) SP19BRONCOS_CM05 - After the game Denver Bronco wide receiver #15 Brandon Marshall celebrates with fans after defeating Tenessee Titans in Denver at Invesco Field on Monday, November 19, 2007. Denver won 34 -20. Cyrus McCrimmon / The Denver Post (Photo By Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
(RM) sp12BroncsJagsJA12e Denver Broncos Brandon Marshall breaks a tackle in the 4th quarter vs the Jacksonville Jaguars Paul Spicer falls away at Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium. Joe Amon, The Denver Post (Photo By Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 13: Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts won 28-16.(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
DENVER - DECEMBER 20: Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos points out a disturbance in the crowd to a police officer in the second half against the Oakland Raiders at Invesco Field at Mile High on December 20, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Raiders defeated the Broncos 20-19. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 19: Receiver Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins reacts during a game against the Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The Bills defeated the Dolphins 17-14. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 18: Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins drops a touchdown pass against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 13: Wide receiver Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins smiles before a NFL game against the Washington Redskins at Sun Life Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Dolphins won 20-9. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears gets the fans pumped up prior to the start of the game against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on October 22, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 13-7. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 07: Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears celebrates after scoring a touchdown during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on October 7, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 29: Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears breaks away from Mike Neal #96 of the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on December 29, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Packers defeated the Bears 33-28. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 13: Brandon Marshall #15 of the New York Jets tries to avoid the tackle of B.W. Webb #38 of the Tennessee Titans in the first quarter during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 13, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 11: Brandon Marshall #15 of the New York Jets looks on during pregame warm ups prior to playing the San Francisco 49ers in an NFL football game at Levi's Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Brandon Marshall attends 60th Anniversary New York Emmy Awards Gala at Marriott Marquis Times Square on May 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JUNE 14: New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) during Giants Mini Camp on June 14, 2017 at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 9, 2018: Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) makes a first down catch during the third quarter on Sunday, September 9 at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. The Denver Broncos hosted the Seattle Seahawks in the first game of the season. (Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) warms up prior to the start of game action during an NFL game between the Chicago Bears and the Seattle Seahawks on September 17, 2018 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) runs in game action during an NFL game between the Chicago Bears and the Seattle Seahawks on September 17, 2018 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Marshall has chance to make playoffs for first time
The 34-year-old Marshall began this season with the Seattle Seahawks, but was released on October 30 after six largely unproductive games; he had 11 catches for 136 yards and one touchdown.
New Orleans marks the seventh team Marshall has played for in his 13-year career, but in that time he’s never been to the playoffs. At 8-1 after their road drubbing of the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, New Orleans certainly looks poised for a postseason run.