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Lions Reportedly Bring In Brandon Marshall For Workout

They've already made a move to clear space on the roster. 

November 05, 2018 - 6:09 pm

The Lions insist they have the necessary pieces to win in the wake of the Golden Tate trade, but it seems they're still looking for outside help. 

The team has worked out wide receiver Brandon Marshall, according to Field Yates. The veteran was recently released by the Seahawks. 

In six games for Seattle, Marshall caught 11 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown. He's in the midst of his 13th NFL season. 

It bears mention the Seahawks released him out of circumstance more than ability. Head coach Pete Carroll said Marshall can still play at the age of 34, but the team needed help on special teams ahead of its Week 9 game against the Chargers. 

Marshall's last productive season came in 2016 with the Jets. He was a Pro Bowler in 2015 when he led the league in receiving touchdowns. 

The Lions have also worked out Bruce Ellington, according to Adam Caplan. A four-yet vet formerly with the Texans, Ellington caught eight passes for 92 yards and touchdown in three games this season. 

He's primarily a slot receiver, which would make him a natural replacement for Tate. 

In a move that could herald the signing of Marshall or Ellington, the Lions released receiver Andy Jones on Monday. Jones earned his first start of the season in Sunday's loss to the Vikings, contributing on special teams. 

In their first game without Tate, the Lions scored just nine points, their fewest in a game since the 2016 season. They are last in the NFC North at 3-5 heading into another divisional game in Week 10 at Chicago.