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New York Giants
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  Wide receiver Brandon Marshall signed a two-year contract with the Giants. The contract is worth $12 million.

"Done deal!!!! #GMEN," Marshall tweeted along with a picture of his signed contract.

Marshall said he did not choose the team offering the most money, but aligned himself to contend for a Super Bowl.

"It was probably the least money," Marshall said of the Giants' offer. "It was all about championships, to get straight to the point. It was all about a championship. They presented the best opportunity to be in a championship organization."

Marshall was released by the Jets upon his request and wanted to remain in New York. He serves as a weekly studio analyst for "Inside the NFL" on Showtime.

Releasing Marshall saves the Jets $7.5 million against the 2017 salary cap.

He said winning was also a high priority.

"I'm tired of watching the playoffs on my couch," Marshall said at the end of the regular season, which the Jets finished 5-11.

Marshall will be 33 on March 23 and enters his 13th NFL season, having played with the Broncos, Dolphins, Bears and Jets.

Stability at quarterback two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning and another top-flight receiver (Odell Beckham Jr.) bolster the Giants' position to acquire other free agents, and the franchise is still shopping for a tight end.

"I think it's the perfect situation for me," Marshall said. "There's a stability in ownership. Since I've been in New York, all I've heard is amazing things about how well-run this organization is. Now I can understand why everybody holds the Giants organization so high."

NFLDraftScout.com projects O.J. Howard of Alabama and David Njoku, a one-year starter at Miami (Fla.) with freakish athleticism, as two targets for the Giants in the 2017 draft.

Marshall does count $1.875 million against the Jets' cap, the "dead money" on his deal.

He caught 109 passes for 1,502 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015, when he posted 10 100-yard games. Marshall had 59 receptions for 788 yards and three touchdowns in 2016 after openly lobbying for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to return as the starter.

The Jets are in rebuilding mode with no set answer at quarterback and parted with several other veteran leaders, including center Nick Mangold and cornerback Darrelle Revis.

The Giants and free agent offensive lineman D.J. Fluker agreed on a one-year deal.

The Los Angeles Chargers released the former first-round pick ahead of free agency to clear salary cap space.

Fluker was scheduled to make $8.821 million in 2017, the final season of his rookie contract, and the Chargers saved the full amount against their cap by releasing him.

The 6-foot-5, 339-pounder Fluker was selected 11th overall in the 2013 NFL Draft and started all 59 games he played over four seasons with the Chargers, including 16 last year.

The Giants promoted Rob Leonard, their defensive quality assistant coach of the last four years, to assistant defensive line coach.

Before coming to the Giants, Leonard was a graduate assistant at North Carolina State for three seasons. He began his coaching career in 2009 as a defensive assistant at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, NC.

Leonard and defensive line coach Patrick Graham will join forces this coming season with an eye on helping the starting defensive line that accounted for 21 of the Giants 35 sacks to get even better.

The assistant defensive line coaching position was created last year by head coach Ben McAdoo. Former NFL defensive lineman Jeff Zgonina was originally hired to fill that role, but he left the organization after just one season to become the defensive line coach on new 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan's staff.


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