Richard Marshall was out of work for just three days before finding a new home. On Friday, the free agent cornerback agreed to terms with the San Diego Chargers on a one-year deal.
The 5-foot-11, 198-pound cornerback will be playing for his fourth team in four years. Marshall, who was expected to start for the Miami Dolphins this season, was surprisingly cut on Tuesday, largely for financial reasons. Marshall brings a lot of experience to a young, inexperienced secondary that features two new starting cornerbacks, Derek Cox and Shareece Wright. Marshall will likely compete with fellow newcomer Johnny Patrick for the nickel corner position, but Marshall has the experience to become a starter in this defense.
Marshall, 29, has played in 100 regular season games, starting 59 of them. In comparison, Wright has only played in 17 games, starting none.
The Chargers were thin at cornerback, having just lost rookie fifth-round pick Steve Williams for the season. Cox and Wright also come with serious injury concerns, with a combined 20 games missed between them over the past two seasons. Meanwhile, Patrick suffered a concussion in San Diego’s second preseason game. Marshall provides insurance in case any of them was to go down with another injury, but could also take over a starting spot if Cox or Wright were to struggle. Marshall himself has been very durable throughout his career. Though he missed the majority of the 2012 season, Marshall didn’t miss a game in his first six seasons.
With just two weeks to go before the start of the season, Marshall will need to put in a lot of work to get caught up with the defense. It should help that he reunites with secondary coach Ron Milus, who coached him with the Carolina Panthers. Marshall was also in Carolina when Mike McCoy was their offensive coordinator and was with the Arizona Cardinals when Ken Whisenhunt was head coach. Maybe these connections were enough to convince Marshall to come to San Diego.