Saints Ink Tight End Erik Swoope; Release Wide Out Brandon Marshall

The Saints are claiming tight end Erik Swoope off waivers from the Colts on Wednesday and releasing wide receiver Brandon Marshall, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Pro Football Talk first reported the addition of Swoope, and ESPN reported Marshall’s release. Both moves were listed later on the NFL’s transaction wire.

Swoope, 26, has played in 24 career games and has 23 receptions for 384 yards with four touchdowns, three of which came this season.

Swoope, who was waived Tuesday, went undrafted in 2014 out of Miami, where he played basketball for four seasons. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound tight end made his debut for the Colts in 2015 before. He played all 16 games in 2016, missed 2017 with a knee injury and played in seven games this season.

Marshall, meanwhile, leaves the Saints after four games being among the inactive players. The 34-year-old was effectively a depth addition after injuries to Cameron Meredith and Dez Bryant, but Marshall couldn’t move up in the receiver group with Michael Thomas, Tre’Quan Smith, Keith Kirkwood, Austin Carr and Tommylee Lewis.

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