Conflicting reports on talks for a new Marshall deal

In one corner, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFLN’s Jason La Canfora report that the Broncos and receiver Brandon Marshall have launched contract discussions in the wake of Marshall’s return from a suspension for conduct detrimental to the team.

In the other corner, Mike Klis of the Denver Post says that nothing is happening, yet.

The latter position makes sense.  Why should the Broncos think about paying Marshall without knowing what he’ll do after an offseason of discontent — and with Kyle Orton instead of Jay Cutler throwing the passes?

That said, it also makes some sense to give Marshall a glimpse of the carrot he’s chasing.  So if the talks consisted only of early negotiations aimed at making Marshall aware that a new deal could be had if he works hard and behaves, those discussions could result in short-term benefits for the Broncos, even if there’s never a new contract.

16 responses to “Conflicting reports on talks for a new Marshall deal

  1. Here come the Donk haters (perhaps fairly).
    The organization has made their bed…for sure. But all you crazees out there can’t have it both ways.
    Either McD f-ed up the Cutler saga and has now learned you can’t treat good players (as opposed to good citizens which BM is not) that way OR he is at least being consistent in trying to ship the guy out by up-ing his trade value.
    As John Proctor says in “The Crucible”: WHICH WAY DO YOU GO MAN? (I win for the first literary allusion on PFT EVAR!)

  2. Sounds like the agent feeding Schefter and LaCanfora false information to try and make something happen.

  3. What a shame it would be if the turd of the month is rewarded for his boorish behavior with the contract he has been pouting about. The Broncos seem to be sorely lacking any kind of reasonable leadership.

  4. If they are going to give Brandon Marshall a new deal, why didn’t they just do it way back. Why do they wait until all the drama and disruption. Seems epidemic in business today to NOT want to pay people what they are worth until things just get out of hand. This has been going on for the entire off season, with the Broncos going to trade him, and then not, and now, they are about to give him a new deal anyway. Don’t really get these multi-billionaires and their teams. Give a guy his money and stop nickel and diming him. He deserves to make what other comparable players make. Period.

  5. The Broncos are owned by an idiot who got lucky with a great coach(or two) and a great quarterback. Right now, all the recent crap is because he has been asleep at the wheel. It’s the owner’s fault!

  6. Anyone who believes anything from Mike Klis is crazy. The Bronco organization has been completely erratic since the firing of Mike Shanahan. It would not be a surprise at all for the team to finally come to the conclusion that they need Brandon more than he needs them. Trying to pad Gaffney’s stats in that game will fool no one in the league. Teams will still single cover him and forget him. There will always be a market for guys with Brandon’s kind of talent. To pretend his the fourth best receiver and doesn’t deserve more money was stupid from day one. Reward him for his play on the field and put language in the deal to protect yourselves for the off the field things. What an idiot organization.

  7. Anyone who believes anything from Mike Klis is crazy. The Bronco organization has been completely erratic since the firing of Mike Shanahan. It would not be a surprise at all for the team to finally come to the conclusion that they need Brandon more than he needs them. Trying to pad Gaffney’s stats in that game will fool no one in the league. Teams will still single cover him and forget him. There will always be a market for guys with Brandon’s kind of talent. To pretend his the fourth best receiver and doesn’t deserve more money was stupid from day one. Reward him for his play on the field and put language in the deal to protect yourselves for the off the field things. What an idiot organization.

  8. I am going into my bosses office right now to tell him off and hopefully get sent home for a week, only to be brought back with a fat raise next week…. Wish me luck everyone.

  9. horrible, horrible logic.
    pay a problem child prima donna wide receiver MORE money? when he hasn’t proven dedication to the team or anything? what kind of message is that going to send?
    the Broncos would be wise to get rid of that cancer, not pay him more. If they were smart, this would be a smokescreen to get him traded.

  10. actually now that i think about it, i’m willing to bet that they already have a trade partner lined up, and that the trade partner requested he be under contract past this year….
    so i’m betting denver wants to get him extended so they can then trade him….. my guess anyway

  11. I have the perfect solution! The Broncos should trade Brandon Marshall to the 49ers, for the rights to Michael Crabtree! It would be a perfect scenario for both teams, hahahahaha

  12. Does the new deal include a significant pay cut for being a total jackass?
    That question applies to Marshall and McDaniels by the way.

  13. This crap where you signed a deal, but later want a better one is be embarrassing to your average hard working joe, but when you are young, rich, and talented… and when that has given you an ego the size of Mt. Rushmore, it’s just a matter of getting “what I deserve”.
    Anyhow, pay the punk and make him happy, will ya, cause I drafted him on my fantasy team?

  14. Brandon should just play his final season under his current rookie contract, then go sign with chicago and continue puting up HOF numbers with Cutler.

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