It’s rare that a starting-caliber cornerback is available just two weeks before the start of the regular season. However, this is the case as Richard Marshall, who was released by the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday, is looking for a new place to call home. I mentioned earlier that adding Marshall would be a good idea for the San Diego Chargers, and the team seems to feel the same way and met with the free agent corner on Thursday.
The Chargers are currently thin at corner, having just lost rookie Steve Williams for the season. If Marshall were to land in San Diego, he’d definitely get a lot of playing time and will immediately compete with Johnny Patrick for the nickel corner position. Cornerbacks Derek Cox and Shareece Wright will likely remain the starters, but Marshall, who has 59 career starts, has much more experience than Wright, who has none, and could push the first-year starter.
Cox and Wright also come with injury concerns, with a combined 20 games missed between them over the past two seasons. Marshall would provide the Chargers insurance in case either was to go down with another injury. Though he missed 12 games last season, Marshall has been durable throughout his career, never missing a game before last season. Throughout his career, he has been pretty solid and has collected 18 interceptions over 100 regular season games. Marshall also has some experience at safety, and signing him would boost San Diego’s depth in their entire secondary.
Marshall also has some connections with the current Chargers’ coaching staff. He was with the Carolina Panthers when Mike McCoy was their offensive coordinator and was with the Arizona Cardinals when Ken Whisenhunt was head coach. Marshall is also known for his good locker-room presence and would bring much-needed veteran leadership to a young secondary.
Marshall reportedly has interest from multiple NFL teams, but the fact that his first free agent visit was with the Chargers hopefully means there’s a good chance the two sides can come to terms.