Before you pencil Brandon Marshall onto the Seattle Seahawks’ roster, let alone into the No. 3 spot in their wide receiving corps, it’s important to remember Antoine Winfield.
Or Jahri Evans. Or Eric Winston. Or Barrett Ruud.authentic nfl jerseys cheap
All four fit a similar profile. They were well-known veterans either nearing or over 30 years old, whom the Seahawks signed well into free agency as inexpensive insurance at positions where they lacked experience. None of them ended up making the team once general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll decided younger players were the better options.
In April of 2012, the Seahawks signed Ruud only to trade him after rookie second-round pick Bobby Wagner showed he was ready to start at middle linebacker.
In April of 2013, Winfield was viewed as an addition that could put Seattle’s secondary over the top, but he was cut when Walter Thurmond — finally healthy after missing 26 games over his first three seasons — beat him out to be the team’s fifth defensive back.
Winston, signed early in training camp in 2014, was the veteran who became expendable once Seattle was comfortable going with rookie second-round pick Justin Britt as the starter at right tackle and undrafted rookie Garry Gilliam as the cheaper backup.
Evans, signed early in training camp in 2016, met the same fate when the Seahawks went with rookie first-rounder Germain Ifedi at one guard spot and first-time starter Mark Glowinski on the other side.
This is not to predict it will happen to the 34-year-old Marshall, whom the Seahawks signed last month. Kevin Williams, Tony McDaniel (in his second stint) and Austin Davis are a few notable examples of veteran stopgaps who stuck around with Seattle after being signed under similar circumstances.
The point is Seattle’s history, not to mention a contract that includes only $90,000 guaranteed, suggests Marshall is no lock to make the team.
Here are three things he must to do stick around:
Get healthy and stay healthy
Marshall must be healthy. It’s a fairly obvious point but one that’s worth stating given that Marshall, in his own estimation, has a ways to go before he’s back to 100 percent.nfl authentic jerseys cheap
He’s coming off a season in which he played five games because of an ankle injury that required surgery. That led the New York Giants to waive him with a failed-physical designation in April. Marshall also revealed to the media after signing with Seattle that he had surgery to fix a toe injury that had been bothering him since 2015.