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2020 NFL Free Agency News: Linebacker Brandon Marshall Visits Texans

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Does Houston need another inside linebacker?

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A former fifth round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2012 NFL Draft, inside linebacker Brandon Marshall has spent the last six seasons playing for the Denver Broncos (with a brief, unsuccessful stay in Oakland with the Raiders), starting all 16 games twice in that span.

When his second NFL contract came to an end after the 2018 season, the Broncos opted to let Marshall test free agency. He signed with the Oakland Raiders before getting cut, re-signing, getting cut again, and finding himself on the opening market again this year.

While Houston clearly needs EDGE and defensive back help, they already have two of the team’s all-time best inside linebackers on the squad in Zach Cunningham and Benardrick McKinney. That doesn’t seem to be a factor in head coach/general manager Bill O’Brien’s desire to add another one to the fold to shore up depth.

How could the addition of Marshall help J.J. Watt? Will it take more double teams off Whitney Mercilus? Can Marshall cover Travis Kelce, or at least do a better job of it than what the Texans’ linebackers have done in the past?

Over the course of his eight-year NFL career, Marshall has played in 74 of a possible 112 games, although 26 of those games where he didn’t see action occurred during his first two seasons. He’s racked up a total 419 combined tackles, 6.5 sacks, 21 passes defensed, 4 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery.

As of yesterday afternoon, the Texans and Marshall had yet to consummate a deal.

By the time this post hits the site, Marshall could be a Texan or on his way to another stop.

What do you think? Want Marshall on the team? Think Houston is better off spending their remaining salary cap dough on an EDGE rusher or safety?

UPDATE (9:30am, 8.7.2020):