The New York Giants released Brandon Marshall after just one season Thursday, with general manager Dave Gettleman saying the veteran wide receiver had failed a physical. The five-time Pro Bowl receiver, whom the Giants signed last offseason to a two-year, $11 million deal, never seemed to get comfortable and was struggling before suffering a left ankle injury in Week 5 that required season-ending surgery. Marshall had a cap hit of $6.2 million for the 2018 season, which would have been the seventh highest on the team. The Giants will save $5.156 million by releasing him. According to NFL Players Association records, the team was $4.9 million under the cap as of Thursday morning.

Gettleman was asked whether the move meant the Giants were interested in signing wide receiver Dez Bryant, whom the Dallas Cowboys released earlier this week and who has expressed interest in signing with an NFC East opponent of his former team. Said Gettleman: “We are interested in everybody.”

Marshall finished last season with 18 catches for 154 yards and didn’t score a touchdown in five games — all career lows. The Giants also lost star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for the season in Week 5. The 34-year-old Marshall had been consistently working out at the Giants’ facility since the injury. He wanted to return to the team and doesn’t seem to have an intention of retiring. The once-outspoken veteran tried to play a different role with the Giants last season, attempting to serve as a resource and mentor. Embattled cornerback Eli Apple said he had conversations with Marshall throughout the season.

Marshall has also played for the Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears over his career, and he has six seasons with at least 100 receptions — the most by any player in NFL history. He has 959 catches for 12,215 yards and 82 career touchdown grabs. He is 16th all time in receptions — only 23 behind Hall of Famer Randy Moss — and is just inside the top 25 in yards (23rd) and touchdown catches (23rd).

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