$15 million fully guaranteed at signing for LB Brandon Marshall

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The Broncos had hoped to sign linebacker Von Miller before signing linebacker Brandon Marshall. That didn’t happen.

PFT has confirmed that Marshall has inked a four-year deal. Per a source with knowledge of the contract, it’s worth $32 million over four years, with $15 million fully guaranteed at signing.

That’s a lot less than what Miller will be getting. The bigger question is whether Miller will be getting anything beyond his $14.129 million franchise tender for one season, and whether he’ll even take that, if the two sides can’t work out a long-term deal.

For a while, it appeared that Marshall wouldn’t get a long-term deal unless and until Miller did, especially with Miller counting for so much under the 2016 cap. Also, the Broncos have developed a habit of not wanting to pay players market value, aggressively pushing the notion that they need cap space in order to hold a championship-caliber team together.

At some point, however, the Broncos have to reward the men who have gotten them to where they currently are. Otherwise, morale will dip, the players will become resentful, and those who got squeezed into taking less than they’re worth may be inclined to start giving less than they can, or at a minimum to not go above and beyond the call.

Marshall went above and beyond the call by showing up for offseason workouts without a contract. Perhaps the team’s decision to make him the sixth highest-paid inside linebacker in football means they are starting to realize the folly of being so tight-fisted.

26 responses to “$15 million fully guaranteed at signing for LB Brandon Marshall

  1. Marshall is a solid linebacker who likely gets more if he was able to hit the open market but congrats to him. He started from the bottom now he’s here and he earned every dollar.

  2. 2016StockMarketCrash says:
    Jun 14, 2016 5:14 PM
    Does not matter without a QB it will be a lost season in Denver.
    5-11 at best, Talib could go postal, let’s hope not.
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    They didn’t have a QB last year and seemed to come out ok.

  3. Bears sign Trevathan to a 4 year $25 mil, I’m surprised to see Marshall get more then him

  4. Sorry, but I just can’t ever believe the numbers behind a Bronco signing. This organization has a history of cheating by paying it’s players under the table to circumvent the cap (that’s how they won their first two Super Bowls). Yes, they lost two top draft picks and received the biggest fine in NFL history at the time, but there is no way this organization learned it’s lesson. After all, they just won a SB with a LB who bribed a PED urine tester and had a QB who was caught receiving HGH. Those are FACTS, not opinions.

    Mr. Davis called them on this years ago. He was right.

  5. This is Elway giving the middle finger to Von Miller. There is no way they have enough left to give Von the big money he rightfully deserves.

  6. Every single story there is on the Broncos and BroncosCheatedTheSalaryCap has to chime in about something that happened nearly 20 years ago. I’m thankful my life isn’t so miserable that I continue to be hurt by something that old. As for his other standby issues… Miller was in the drug program because of recreational drug use, not PED’s like you so desperately want to believe and the accusations of Peyton using HGH are simply laughable not to mention the year in question he wasn’t even playing in the NFL. Please find a new reason to hate.

  7. I’d rather have my team “tight-fisted” than throw bad money after good. It’s a model the Patriots seem to use as well. Miami wasn’t “tight-fisted” with Suh. How did that work out?

  8. It’s funny that Elway has had more success taking forgotten Jaguars (Brandon Marshall, Terrance Knighton) than the Jaguars have had signing Broncos staters to big contracts (Zane Beadles, Julius Thomas).

  9. Very happy they kept him over Trevathan. Not to knock on Trevathan, but there’s something about Brandon Marshall I liked more.

    I think that’s a very fair deal and he’ll be looking for a new deal in two years or likely cut. Showing up without signing his tender showed Elway how much appreciation Marshall has for the chance he was given. From cut to major SB contributor.

  10. Broncos Cheated nothing! the money was used for the Stadium. no player has ever been paid under the table and to cling to that excuse b/c your franchise isn’t relevant just shows what a sad little person you are.
    Go Broncos!

  11. The Broncos Defensive Core stays together. They’ll have stronger play out of the QB position all year. The premier Super Bowl winning coaching staff is still intact.
    This all adds up to many more straight AFC west titles (what is the record for consecutive?) which means Homefield advantage in the playoffs
    Denver at home in the playoffs equals Super Bowl appearances. Many, many more.
    Denver Broncos, the Dynasty! Back to back to back.

  12. At some point, however, the Broncos have to reward the men who have gotten them to where they currently are. Otherwise, morale will dip, the players will become resentful, and those who got squeezed into taking less than they’re worth may be inclined to start giving less than they can, or at a minimum to not go above and beyond the call.

    Marshall went above and beyond the call by showing up for offseason workouts without a contract. Perhaps the team’s decision to make him the sixth highest-paid inside linebacker in football means they are starting to realize the folly of being so tight-fisted
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    What! Have you heard of Chris Harris, D Thomas, Derek Wolfe, CJ Anderson, B Marshall. All got paid. And how can you call a team tight-fisted when they are up against the cap every year. Dont be mad because the Broncos are smart with what they spend.

  13. iseek11 says:
    Jun 14, 2016 7:36 PM
    jlstaud says:
    Jun 14, 2016 5:42 PM
    Every single story there is on the Broncos and BroncosCheatedTheSalaryCap has to chime in about something that happened nearly 20 years ago. I’m thankful my life isn’t so miserable that I continue to be hurt by something that old. As for his other standby issues… Miller was in the drug program because of recreational drug use, not PED’s like you so desperately want to believe and the accusations of Peyton using HGH are simply laughable not to mention the year in question he wasn’t even playing in the NFL. Please find a new reason to hate.
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    I didn’t realize until now he’s a Raider fan. I’ve been trying to figure out if he’s a Pats fan or Seahawks since those are the most obnoxious. Or maybe a Pitt or Cincy fan just cuz. It never occurred to me that it was a Raider fan since, in the history of professional football, there’s never been a more lowdown, dirty, cheating, late hitting, purposeful injury causing, stickum covered, purple dranking team than the Raiduhs. But it makes sense how someone could devote all their time to the same post over and over again since his team hasn’t given him anything to cheer for in 14 years and their last championship was probably before he was born.

  14. At some point, however, the Broncos have to reward the men who have gotten them to where they currently are. Otherwise, morale will dip, the players will become resentful, and those who got squeezed into taking less than they’re worth may be inclined to start giving less than they can, or at a minimum to not go above and beyond the call.

    Marshall went above and beyond the call by showing up for offseason workouts without a contract. Perhaps the team’s decision to make him the sixth highest-paid inside linebacker in football means they are starting to realize the folly of being so tight-fisted
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    It took 53 players to get the Broncos where they currently are. The Broncos use their full cap every year so how are they tightfisted? What’s the difference to the Broncos if they pay Miller $20 mill and Marshall $6 mil and Emmanuel Sanders 3 mil or if they pay Miller $16 mil and Marshall $8 mil and Sanders $5 mil. Which do you think is better for morale?

    And why are we asking teams like Denver, New England, or Green Bay to follow the lead of teams like Jacksonville, Washington, Philly, Houston or Detroit? Shouldn’t it be the other way around? But articles like this never even question that logic. Everytime a new contract is signed, it’s like “Hey everyone, you know that team that hasn’t done anything for decades? Well they just overpaid someone, hamstringing their team’s cap for years to come and assuring continuing mediocrity. Make sure you all follow suit.” How is this idea never challenged anywhere in media? The cap is fixed. How you allocate it is the difference between winning and not. Players have to have the same vision. Ask Eric Decker, Julius Thomas, DRC, Orlando Franklin, Zane Beadles, and Knowshon Moreno how their morale is.

  15. Elway us a great GM with plenty of business experience frefore arriving here.

    People who say otherwise, simply don’t have any quality experience running a business.

  16. Let’s see, no Aqib Talib, no Malik Jackson, no Danny Trevathan, (yes he is better than Marshall) And probably a very unhappy Von Miller,
    Can someone mention Denver QB? I’m confused really.
    That’s a great dinasty you’re building right up there in Denver.

  17. walker615 says:
    Jun 14, 2016 6:40 PM

    Wait, is saying a team “doesn’t want to pay market value” supposed to be an insult?
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    Depends on the team. When the Patriots pay below market value, everyone seems to think that means they terrible people. When another team is able to sign a player below “market value” they are looked upon as if they are some kind of hero. Not trying to make this about the Pats, but that’s just reality. The number of insults that get lobbed at the Patriots for being “cheap” is ludicrous, particularly since it works. Look at the Wolfe signing last year. The Broncos were praised for being smart enough to sign him to a very big deal (but smaller than the open market) by not letting him reach free agency. But when the Patriots did that with Gronk, people somehow have turned that into “the Patriots screwed Gronk and now he should hold out for more money”.

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