Brandon Marshall visits Texans, could sign
Teams throughout the NFL are making roster moves with training camps imminent and the Houston Texans could add a veteran linebacker to their defense. According to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, linebacker Brandon Marshall has visited the Texans and could sign with the team.
Also per the wire, the Texans hosted ex-Broncos LB Brandon Marshall today.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 6, 2020
Currently, the Texans are entering the 2020 season with Zach Cunningham, Benardrick McKinney, and Brennan Scarlett at their linebacker spots. Despite Houston’s confidence in their current linebacker group, Marshall would provide them with some much-needed depth.
While Cunningham and McKinney have proven themselves as vital pieces on defense, Scarlett is inexperienced as a starter. With that being said, Scarlett is coming off of a career year where he tallied 51 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 2019.
On the other hand, Marshall hasn’t played in an NFL game since the 2018 season, which could be something that the Texans consider before signing him. Back in 2018, Marshall played in his sixth and final season with the Denver Broncos — who he helped win a Super Bowl in 2015. His best season came in 2017 when he notched 106 tackles and three sacks for the Broncos.
Last offseason, Marshall signed a one-year, $4.1 contract with the Las Vegas Raiders in free agency. But before the 2019 season began, Marshall was released by the Raiders. Then, last October, he was re-signed by Las Vegas, only to be released again in November.
At 30 years old, Marshall may no longer be viewed as a starting linebacker by NFL teams. Although, with COVID-19 causing concerns for the 2020 season, teams need all of the depth they can get. Seeing that Marshall is still in the Houston area after undergoing his physical, a contract between both sides could be on the horizon.