Posted Fri May 29th by Ian Henson
As The Denver Post’s Mike Klis pointed out this morning, Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall is amongst kings:
“His salary request is affordable for a receiver who averaged 103 catches and 1,295 receiving yards the past two years. Larry Fitzgerald averages $10 million a year, Randy Moss $9 million, Andre Johnson has an eight-year deal at $7.5 million per and Anquan Boldin is holding out in Arizona trying to get a deal worth at least $9 million per.”
However, Klis doesn’t appear to be aware of exactly how much Marshall is asking for, my best guess is somewhere near $5 million for this season, with around five or six years worth of a contract. Okay… And? My early prediction was that Marshall will face little or absolutely no suspension following the announcement of the Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch‘s suspension. However, NFL Spokesman Greg Aiello says that the matter is, “Still pending.”
The fat lady still hasn’t sung on the suspension and Marshall’s ex-girlfriend is singing to whomever is willing to listen. We’ll have to wait until Sunday when ESPN will air “Outside The Lines” featuring Marshall’s ex-girlfriend Rasheeda Watley‘s interview.
Neither the Broncos or Marshall were willing to participate, but Watley had this to say,
“I feel like somebody has to stand up and stop him from doing this because the Broncos haven’t done it, the NFL hasn’t done it, the Atlanta police department hasn’t done it.“
Ouch. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorn, but Marshall’s really between a rock and a hard place. As quick as Marshall was able to request a raise on his scheduled $2.2 million due this season, head coach Josh McDaniels may be just as quick to quote another Marshall, straight off the Slim Shady EP…
Despite his horrible off-season, Marshall dropped more than a couple of passes during the season and where is he now? Orlando, FL… Rehabbing. So all we can do now is pray (no Mcdonald’s reference from me, but it would fit since there’s a new McRegime in Denver). I’ve referenced it before, but anyone remember the Pro Bowl last season when a combined six passes from Peyton Manning and Jay Cutler in the end zone were not received by big 1-5? Wait, Marshall didn’t sign a new manager did he? Someone certainly seems to be blowing smoke up something…
Three names Marshall; Eddie Royal, Jabar Gaffney and Brandon Stokley. More? Chad Jackson and the very underrated David Grimes. Still confused as to why we picked up Kenny McKinley in the fifth round this season? That’s a whole lot of people that are capable of catching passes, that’s even if the team’s planning on passing at all this season… With that many talented running backs, the jury’s still out on the team doing anything other than running the ball. Here’s the reason that your rookie contract has escalators Brandon- in case you do well! That’s why you’re making $2.2 million instead of $500k plus.
In other news, Tony Scheffler and McDaniels have apparently brushed off their pants and agreed to see eye-to-eye on Scheffler’s position on the team. Good work men.
Am I crazy Nation? It seems like every off-season has become the Marshall show. I’m not ready to turn him over, I honestly don’t think that he’s worth much in a trade. He just needs to understand his place right now. A fan favorite, but I’m getting tired of defending this horses ass. I’ll still draft him in fantasy football though, especially if he ends up in Chicago (haha).
UPDATE: Here’s a short clip from ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” regarding Marshall.