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Brandon Marshall starts saying all the right things, again

Broncos (for now) receiver Brandon Marshall has cleaned out his locker in Denver, but he’s still talking like a guy who wants to put his stuff back in there.

Appearing Monday on 104.3 the Fan in Denver, Marshall heaped praise on coach Josh McDaniels and owner Pat Bowlen.

“I’m nothing but 100 percent commitment to the Denver Broncos, to my teammates,” Marshall said.  “I have nothing but great things to say about Coach McDaniels, this organization. . . .  Mr. B is probably one of the best owners in all of sports.  Coach McDaniels . . . if it wasn’t for him, the growth in me this year wouldn’t be there.”

So does Marshall want to return to the Broncos in 2010?

“I love my teammates, and I don’t think the decision is up to me,” he said.  Pressed as to whether he’d want to return if it were up to him, he danced around the subject and he said he loves the team but he never provided the simple one-word answer that would have left no doubt.

And so it appears that Marshall, who admits that he was 20 minutes late for treatment on Friday and that he thereafter was told he’d be deactivated for the final game of the season, is merely trying to say all the right things in the hopes that someone else will give him the contract that the Broncos apparently aren’t willing to put on the table.

Though one of the hosts presumed that Mike Shanahan will make a play for Marshall if/when Shanahan becomes head coach of the Redskins, keep in mind that Shanahan supposedly was plotting to cut Marshall last year.  (Chris Mortensen of ESPN recently tweaked that stance from cut to “trade”.)  As a result, the most obvious candidate to pursue Marshall is the Bears, where the front office and the coaching staff must do all they can this offseason to set quarterback Jay Cutler up for success.

But the Bears already have traded their 2010 first-round pick to Denver, in order to get Cutler.  As a result, G.M. Jerry Angelo would have to come up with some other compensation package if they now want Marshall.  And we think that the Broncos will be more interested in sending Marshall to another city, in order to prevent Cutler and Marshall from finding success together and, in turn, making the Broncos look foolish for letting them both go.

In the end, however, the Bears might be the only team interested.  For now, Marshall seems ready to say and do anything he can to get other teams to the table.
 

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25 Responses to “Brandon Marshall starts saying all the right things, again”
  1. Thomas Paquette says: Jan 5, 2010 8:24 AM

    The only team interested? I know for sure that the Cinicinnati Bengals would be interested in a talent like this, but as all in Cincinnati know, Mike Brown would make an O.K offer which won’t be enough and in return not get a guy that could be a tremendous upgrade over deceased Chris Henry (God Bless Him).

  2. Ravenmuscle says: Jan 5, 2010 8:30 AM

    Marshall just wants to protect his wallet from any “conduct detrimental to the team” fines the Broncos might want to lay on him. AND his agent for sure wants to make his knucklehead client to appear more desirable to any future team that would be dumb enough to give this turd the big new contract he wants.

  3. Shademan says: Jan 5, 2010 8:32 AM

    Marshall really sounded sincere in this interview. Dude is a smooth operator.

  4. Nobe says: Jan 5, 2010 8:34 AM

    Bottom line: this guy wasn’t on the field or part of the team for Denver’s most important game in several years.
    Either he’s getting a raw deal or he is not playing with a full deck upstairs.

  5. SwedishMurderMachine says: Jan 5, 2010 8:37 AM

    The guy might be an idiot but he is a hugely talented idiot. Alot more teams than the Bears will be interested. The NFL loves talented idiots.

  6. dcfan-1212450 says: Jan 5, 2010 8:52 AM

    Marshall is afraid no collective bargaining agreement would be in place, making him a restricted free agent. Meaning the team most likely to sign him is his current one. And this man wants to get paid. So nothing but smiles until a deal is done, and you all are surprised, give me a break…

  7. milehiclown says: Jan 5, 2010 9:04 AM

    What succcess do you mean (“to prevent Cutler and Marshall from finding success together”)?
    Never made the playoffs together, never won a a division title, never won SQUAT. Just threw for mad yards/tds.
    Without wins, those stats mean nothing.

  8. Fan_Of_ Four says: Jan 5, 2010 9:06 AM

    Do the Bears have anything left to give to swing a trade ? Didn’t they pretty much sell the farm getting Cutler ?

  9. CYGNUS X-1 says: Jan 5, 2010 9:09 AM

    hey at the begining of this year the bears needed him but not anymore.why should the bears give up on the young guys that played for the first time this year and set back thier development for a guy who may not show to play?the last 2 games showed they have a guy with#1 potential and even though you don’t like hester they both looked good together against the lions.ok so it was the lions but the fact is if turner wasn’t such an idiot and smith so stubborn maybe they would not have had such a lousy year had they played the together earlier,and let cutler roll out which he did in denver to great success.if the bears do the right thing and get rid of turner and bring it somebody that knows what they are doing they will be fine. knox shows alot of promise and maybe the new guy will let the kid from ok. on the field to do what they drafted him for.so no the bears do not need to give the donkeys any more draft picks to rebuild thier team.

  10. babeparilli says: Jan 5, 2010 9:14 AM

    The Patriots need a replacement for Moss in the long term, and potentially Welker for the short term. Look for Belichick to wade in on Marshall

  11. jb10 says: Jan 5, 2010 9:45 AM

    funny you left out the part of the interview where marshall goes on to say he really doesn’t know why he was benched. that he was late and in the trainers room and mcdaniels told marshall he would be sitting.
    i love how you leave things out to paint a certain pitcure.

  12. Nevisyakker says: Jan 5, 2010 9:51 AM

    Every team is interested in Marshal’s talent, you’d be idiots not to be. As a receiver he is very special.
    As a human being however, the guy is not only an idiot but seems to always be one step away from giving in to the uncontrolled urge to do something spectacularly selfish and stupid.
    It seems like he is prone to the same self centered idiocy as Palxico Burris where at any moment he could go from just being annoying to serving a 3-5.

  13. The Rural Juror says: Jan 5, 2010 10:14 AM

    So what happended to Scheffler? Why was HE benched?
    Both would be welcome in Baltimore…

  14. rx says: Jan 5, 2010 10:18 AM

    He’s an RFA. He will be a Denver Bronco.

  15. dcbronco says: Jan 5, 2010 10:51 AM

    The Associated Press is reporting that the NFLPA has offered a rookie salary cap proposal. That was the main sticking point in the CBA negotiations. If a CBA is signed before the draft, and there is plenty of reason to believe it will, Marshall is a free agent and Denver has zero leverage. McDaniels is an idiot and has done nothing but ruin the team. And with a new CBA has guaranteed that all of the real talent will leave. He’ll be left with Dawkins for another year or two. No O-line. No D-line. He’ll have to pay Dumervil out the a–. And the idiot wouldn’t know how to draft talent if his life depended on it. Hey Josh, just throw darts at a board full of names. Your chances are better.

  16. jlbay says: Jan 5, 2010 11:01 AM

    I could see several teams making a run at Marshall:
    Baltimore – Mason isn’t getting any younger
    Buffalo – Owens will surely not be back
    NE – As someone said need someone to succeed Moss
    Miami – In need of a true #1 WR
    Jacksonville – Same as Miami
    Tennessee – Same as Jcksville and Miami
    Tampa – See Miami/Jcksville/Tenn
    Seattle – See Miami/Jcksville/Tenn/Tampa
    Washington – Re-united with old coach (think Keyshawn and Parcells)
    Carolina – Moss isn’t getting any younger
    St. Louis – Can use help at every position
    If Denver is smart they will tender Marshall the #1 & #3 Restricted FA tender and then work out a trade similar to what Miami did with Wes Walker. After all in the NFL it is play for pay . . . so the team wouldn’t necessarially have to pay him . . . and for his talent he is a steal at the WR positions for the roughly $2.8 or $2.9 million tender.

  17. iusedtobeteddybayer says: Jan 5, 2010 11:11 AM

    SwedishMurderMachine says:
    The guy might be an idiot but he is a hugely talented idiot. Alot…
    There is no such word as “alot”. It’s “a lot”.
    And if you “LOL”, stop knowing me.

  18. Colorado Thistle says: Jan 5, 2010 11:19 AM

    McDainels “ruined the team.” You mean the team that won exactly 1 playoff game from 1999 to 2008, that missed the playoffs 2006, 2007, and 2008. That’s the team that he ruined? Or or you remembering The Mastermind Shanahan who won two Super Bowls with inferior talent? Oh, wait, that’s right, he didn’t have inferior talent, he had a bunch of Hall of Famers or near Hall of Famers playing for him.
    The only reason the Broncos won 8 games this year is because of superior coaching. It sure wasn’t the talent level on the team.

  19. habibfromnewdehli says: Jan 5, 2010 11:28 AM

    The guy is getting franchise-tagged. Then, it’s up to the other teams to make an offer the Broncos can’t refuse.
    Otherwise, he’ll just be back in Denver next year… almost exactly like the Anquan Boldin situation that just occurred. Arizona has him under contract, and unless a team made an offer they liked… they weren’t going to rush anything.
    The Ravens would be wise to trade a 1st round pick and a later round pick (3rd round might be too high)… but I’m sure they will be cocky in their drafting strategies and assure the fans they can get better talent in the draft.
    Advice to Ozzie Newsome: You will not find Brandon Marshall talent in the draft. And your first round pick is going to be asking for just as much money as Marshall anyway, so go with the proven talent.

  20. Brewster says: Jan 5, 2010 11:46 AM

    If you’ve ever heard Marshall speak in an interview you know that he was never on the radar screen of an Ivy League school for a scholarship, or even admission.
    However one thing has become abundantly clear this year. He is absolutely coachable, he listens, he gets it, he can control his emotions and he says the right things when necessary. He is also one of the top 7-8 wide receivers in the game today.
    His agent, not his Head Coach nor Broncos Management, has gotten his ear this year and whipped him into shape to do & say the right things if he wishes to cash in on free agency.
    So the guy listens, he is coachable, there has never been a question of him playing hard or playing through injuries , until the drama of this season after McDaniels arrived.
    If the Broncos don’t resign him and it’s clear McDaniels doesn’t want him around, some other team will quickly grab him. This guy is not the head case he’s been made out to be in the last year, he certainly comes with some baggage, some off field problems, maturity issues, ego issues, (his maturity & ego issues are actually less of a problem than his Head Coach who has the same affliction only worse) but most of the star players in the NFL have many of these same issues. that’s what mature Head Coaches are for to mentor, lead, and develop their players.
    Marshall has proven he’s coachable, someone will be getting a proven star wide receiver when they land him. And the Broncos will get a couple of draft picks for McDaniels & Xanders to waste as they continue their on-the-job training.

  21. azwildcats96 says: Jan 5, 2010 11:59 AM

    Marshall was in a lose-lose situation. If he responded with anger he would get ripped as a cry baby and jerk. If he responds with humility he gets accused of being insincere and only caring about his wallet. As far as “superior coaching” goes, a superior coach would have cultivated a #2 ranked offense not dismantled it. The only thing that kept the Broncos in games this year was the DEFENSE.

  22. rx says: Jan 5, 2010 12:08 PM

    @Colorado Thistle
    Spot on. Bronco fans have some short ass memories.

  23. Accordngs says: Jan 5, 2010 1:07 PM

    Florio….why don’t you check the facts before you post up the articles???
    It was refuted by Shanahan that he ever was going to trade or cut Marshall. You even had the story on this website?
    Do you check facts on anything or just post uninformed opinions?
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/09/23/report-shanahan-wasnt-going-to-cut-marshall/
    http://www.denverpost.com/ci_13397543?source=rss

  24. Forevercorr says: Jan 5, 2010 1:25 PM

    I feel bad for the guy. He seems to get villianized even when he says and does the right things, particularly by the press.
    He’s done some dumb things. He’s done some jacked up things. It doesn’t mean that every effort to do the right thing is just a show. Listen to the interview. Guy was hurting. He wanted to play, and moreover, he doesn’t want anyone to question the one thing he’s always done right. Catch balls and play hard.
    My friend and I knew that PFT would take this interview and cut it into snippets to make it look bad for Marshall, or worse yet, call him a liar for even doing it. Very sad.

  25. dcbronco says: Jan 5, 2010 3:08 PM

    The Associated Press is reporting that the NFLPA has offered a rookie salary cap proposal. That was the main sticking point in the CBA negotiations. If a CBA is signed before the draft, and there is plenty of reason to believe it will, Marshall is a free agent and Denver has zero leverage. McDaniels is an idiot and has done nothing but ruin the team. And with a new CBA has guaranteed that all of the real talent will leave. He’ll be left with Dawkins for another year or two. No O-line. No D-line. He’ll have to pay Dumervil out the a–. And the idiot wouldn’t know how to draft talent if his life depended on it. Hey Josh, just throw darts at a board full of names. Your chances are better.

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