The pros and cons of Brandon Marshall to the Giants

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Until then, the Giants may see free agency this year very differently than they have in recent years: As a chance to catch their breath.

Six-time Pro Bowl selection Brandon Marshall is taking his talents to NY, and he tweeted out the words "done deal", a giants #GMEN hashtag, and a picture of the freshly-signed contract to make it official. The Giants have made it to the postseason in six of Manning's 13 seasons in NY. It was all about championships. The newest member of the New York Giants has been making the media rounds after signing with the team on Wednesday.

On the field, Marshall provides a big-bodied (6-foot-4, 230 pounds) target the Giants have been sorely missing since Plaxico Burress. There was also the lack of sufficient help in the receiving corp with Eric Decker missing the bulk of the year due to injury.

We all remember the splash the Giants made a year ago, this year the move was signing wide receiver Brandon Marshall. White was a tad slower in his decline but still went from 921 yards and seven touchdowns in 2014 to just 506 yards and one touchdown in 2015.

That year he set a franchise record by recording 109 catches, and receiving yards with 1,502.

Marshall, 32, seems to understand his role, even if it's different from what he's become accustomed to over the past 10 years, during which he reached six Pro Bowls. The Giants, obviously, are banking on the soon-to-be 33-year-old Marshall having a bit more of that magic left in the tank.

Marshall has yet to see the playoffs in his career despite putting together eight seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards and four seasons with double-digit touchdowns.

There may have been a lot of league interest in Marshall, who was released for the Jets this off-season, but the Giants were the first team to close out a deal. And, as Marshall said, Thomas wore the same uniform number Marshall wore with the Broncos, Bears, and Jets. Plus, the Giants boast everything the Jets don't have: a two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback, a top-five defense and one of the most talented No. 1 receivers in the game in Odell Beckham, Jr. It's open season once again in the National Football League free agency. Peterson has already mentioned the Giants as being a realistic landing spot for him on the open market.

While the signing of Brandon Marshall at a bargain price is exciting new for the New York Giants, it also a gamble for the New York Giants.