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meangene
06-15-2009, 07:30 AM
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Marshall could be docked $35,000
The Broncos still are bargaining with their unhappy receiver after his minicamp absence.
By Mike Klis
The Denver Post
Posted: 06/15/2009 01:00:00 AM MDT


There is a steep price confronting Brandon Marshall for protesting his contract by not attending the Broncos' mandatory minicamp over the weekend.

The cost: $35,329 in fines and a signing bonus deduction.

Marshall, the Broncos' top receiver, is coming off back-to-back 100-catch seasons and hip surgery. In the final year of a four-year contract that would pay him $2.198 million this season, Marshall is seeking an extension that suits his level of production.

To emphasize his point, Marshall skipped all three sessions of the Broncos' mandatory minicamp this weekend, although roughly an hour after the first practice Friday, the receiver met personally with owner Pat Bowlen at the team's headquarters. Broncos coach Josh McDaniels
spoke with Marshall's agent, Kennard McGuire, again Saturday.

"They expressed their side, and we expressed our views," McGuire said. "I have spent a tremendous amount of time speaking with Josh and the organization. We have decided to continue our dialogue in hopes of finding common ground."

Will that common ground eventually lead to separate ways? For now, the team is not considering the possibility of placing Marshall on the trading block. With offseason workouts concluded, all Broncos employees are about to take some time off before reconvening to make final preparations for the start of training camp in late July.

And getting equal value for a 100-catch receiver may be difficult given the uncertainty of Marshall's health and off-field issues. Marshall is rehabbing from the hip procedure he had April 1, and his case on misdemeanor battery charges in Atlanta has been continued until August.

Then again, the history of such NFL holdouts suggests teams do occasionally soften on their no-trade stances as the matter lingers. Knowing the severity of the financial punishment Marshall could receive for failing to attend, even as a rehabbed spectator, the receiver sent the message he is serious about not playing the 2009 season under his current contract.

The Broncos can fine him $9,079 for missing the three-day mandatory minicamp. In addition, the team could recoup $26,250 of the $420,000 signing bonus Marshall received as a fourth-round draft pick in 2006. If he doesn't report by Aug. 12, the Broncos can demand another $78,750.

Every action creates a reaction.

"All we can say about this is we're going to do everything we can to reconcile the situation so that Brandon returns to the field," McDaniels said. "Until then, we're going to concentrate on the players that are here."

Unlike Marshall, former Broncos receiver Rod Smith attended the final minicamp workout Sunday. Smith said he hasn't talked to Marshall and didn't know many details about his situation. But in general, Smith says he believes a player under contract should honor that contract by showing up for offseason sessions.

In addition to missing the mandatory minicamp, Marshall did not attend the previous three weeks of voluntary passing camp.

"It's just never any good when people aren't here," Smith said. "You're trying to build a team, and you've got a whole bunch of new stuff going on. There's always stuff you're going to miss, and it's never the big stuff. People don't realize it's not the big things; it's the little things. The discipline, the details, the lining up; protecting this guy. Those things are very important, and when you're not here, you can't get it."

Man-Goblin
06-15-2009, 07:36 AM
This is only a tricky situation because of the fact that Ananaopolis is still on the staff. I still don't understand why the Broncos didn't cut bate with him, too, when they cleaned house.

He was good in The Hangover and the Larry Sanders Show, but he notoriously botched TD's injuries and now this.

If he is gone, Marshall has absolutely no bridge to stand on.

cutthemdown
06-15-2009, 07:52 AM
Wow because the greek is well respected. I'm not sure it's his fault. A lot of it is the same in every city, these guys press you to get back on the field. Marshall has had so many injury problems and accidents not sure he can blame it on the staff.

IMO this must all be because Marshall knows the hip is bad and will slow him down a lot this yr at the start of the season. He's in a contract yr and probably feels he can get more now then after a season of limping around and maybe missing some games.

This all reeks of money and that is all.

outdoor_miner
06-15-2009, 07:58 AM
Well - good to read that talks are not super contentious at this point. Sounds like the Broncos aren't taking a "hard line" stance, and are at least willing to listen and negotiate. I'm still hopeful that this will be worked out by Training Camp.

Man-Goblin
06-15-2009, 08:00 AM
Wow because the greek is well respected. I'm not sure it's his fault. A lot of it is the same in every city, these guys press you to get back on the field. Marshall has had so many injury problems and accidents not sure he can blame it on the staff.

IMO this must all be because Marshall knows the hip is bad and will slow him down a lot this yr at the start of the season. He's in a contract yr and probably feels he can get more now then after a season of limping around and maybe missing some games.

This all reeks of money and that is all.

I don't know anything about being a doctor, and I don't even know if it is really true that the Broncos have more injuries (soft tissue or whatever) than other teams. But I know it SEEMS like they do, and for that very fact it surprised me that the training and medical staffs were retained when almost the entire organization wasn't.

I mean, why not try someone else?

Anyway, my point was probably an obvious one, but if there are new medical and training staffs Marshall wouldn't have anyone left to blame for his hip.

On a side note, if the medical staff had properly diagnosed his condition there's a good chance they would have shut down Marshall for the year. And not only would he not be in line for a sizable raise, but he would have never have met his escalators for this season.

Dr. Broncenstein
06-15-2009, 08:04 AM
Greek isn't a physician last time I checked. Calling for his head due to a "misdiagosis" is laughable. He can't diagnose a common cold... let alone a complicated orthopaedic problem.

Man-Goblin
06-15-2009, 08:07 AM
Greek isn't a physician last time I checked. Calling for his head due to a "misdiagosis" is laughable. He can't diagnose a common cold... let alone a complicated orthopaedic problem.

So what does he do? I honestly don't know. Who is to blame for the misdiagnosis then? Do the Broncos have the same doctors contracted every year? I'm interested to hear how it works.

broncofan2438
06-15-2009, 08:21 AM
Just get ur ass to the field Marshall

tsiguy96
06-15-2009, 08:23 AM
So what does he do? I honestly don't know. Who is to blame for the misdiagnosis then? Do the Broncos have the same doctors contracted every year? I'm interested to hear how it works.

hes the head athletic trainer. mostly involved in rehab of players injuries, not the diagnosis (though most after so many years can be pretty accurate, tehy technically cannot diagnose anyone)