It may be showtime for the Giants offense now that Brandon Marshall has signed on, but his appearances on Showtime may be over.
Marshall, who had been one of the highest profile Jets the last two years and a weekly panelist on Showtime's "Inside the NFL," said he plans to cut back on his media appearances now that he's signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Giants. It was unclear if that was his choice or something the Giants asked him to do.
But he certainly sounded like he was done with Showtime show.
"Being on 'Inside the NFL' was a great opportunity," Marshall said. "I learned a lot. I grew a lot. And it's definitely something that I want to do when I'm done playing ball."
"I will say that I will not be doing a lot of media and television moving forward," he said. "Out of respect for the guys who have given me an opportunity, I want to talk with them because everything happened so fast. Those guys have been planning for this situation for some months now, so they're in a great position. That's also a team, and I just want to make sure our transition, whatever way we go, is good for them as well."
Taping "Inside the NFL" was going to be an issue anyway since it has taped on Tuesdays in the past and that is now a workday for the Giants under the revamped schedule Ben McAdoo introduced last year. Traditionally, the Giants have allowed their players to pursue media opportunities on their own time - including spots on SNY, weekly appearances on WFAN and guest-hosting jobs on SiriusXM NFL Radio. But they have also stepped in at times and pulled the plug on those opportunities when they felt those appearances were getting in the way of a player's work.
Marshall will surely have opportunities even if he ends his association with Showtime. He sure seems like a good bet to take over Victor Cruz's weekly appearance with Mike Francesa on WFAN. But he insisted his media exposure "will really be limited" even though he's not leaving the media capital of the world.