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Old 12-16-2009, 04:34 PM   #1
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Default Broncos WR Marshall moves into big-money position

Not sure if this was already posted. Is Bowlen ready to open his checkbook? This is big money.

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Time is almost up for Brandon Marshall as an affordable player.

Is Marshall down to his final three regular-season games with the Broncos? If so, the Broncos are draining every ounce of sweat they can from their star wide receiver.

"And I'm giving them every ounce of my sweat," Marshall said Monday, the day after he broke a 9-year-old NFL record by catching 21 passes in a stirring comeback attempt against the Indianapolis Colts.

Whether he returns to threaten all of Rod Smith's franchise receiving records or winds up elsewhere through myriad uncertain options that await the upcoming NFL offseason, Marshall figures to become extremely wealthy, even by professional athlete standards.

Wealthy, as in possibly Broncos the NFL's highest-paid receiver. Larry Fitzgerald holds that distinction with a four-year, $40 million contract extension he received from the Arizona Cardinals in March 2008.

To retain Marshall, the Broncos may have to start with Fitzgerald's deal and tack on a couple of years of inflation.

"We've always felt Brandon was in a class by himself," said Kennard McGuire, Marshall's agent. "Now, it's become evident he's one of the greats. He has the passion to do that. At this time, Brandon is clearly focused on finishing the season with no distractions. At the appropriate time, he and I will sit down and discuss what the future holds."

For all the issues that have followed Marshall almost since the day the Broncos selected him in the fourth round of the 2006 draft, he always has been driven by greatness. Thanks to his preposterous game against the Colts, Marshall is on pace for his third consecutive season of at least 100 catches and 1,200 yards. He has already set a career high with nine touchdown receptions, one off the league lead.

Considering he is finishing up the fourth year of his rookie contract that eventually paid him $3.7 million, an average of $925,000 per season, Marshall may have been
Broncos star Brandon Marshall, who set an NFL record Sunday with 21 receptions against the Colts, likely won't be grimacing when he signs his next contract. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post )
one of the NFL's top performers for the dollar.

The economical nature of his compensation is about to change. Depending on whether team owners and the players union can negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement in the next 2 1/2 months, Marshall can strike it big either through offer sheets that figure to arrive by way of restricted free agency or really big through the open bidding process of unrestricted free agency that will begin in March.

The Broncos could pre-empt such bargaining leverage by opening talks on a long-term contract with Marshall. But the receiver has his doubts.

"I think if they wanted to get something done, it would have been done already," Marshall said. "But our ultimate goal is to win games and we have three of them left. Hopefully we can get that done. Regarding a contract, I think it's best if I just play it out."

Marshall well knows Fitzgerald has been widely proclaimed as the NFL's best receiver this year not because of any stats he compiled during the regular season, but his record-setting performance during the 2008 postseason.

If the playoffs are to include Marshall for the first time in his career, the Broncos (8-5) likely need to win two of their next three games, with the next one to be played Sunday against the Oakland Raiders at Invesco Field at Mile High.

Because Marshall is just one of five key Denver players who are in the final weeks of expiring contracts the others are quarterback Kyle Orton, pass-rushing linebacker Elvis Dumervil, right guard Chris Kuper and tight end Tony Scheffler the team will have a difficult time figuring out how to allocate the millions of dollars needed to bring them all back.

"I'm not going to talk about contracts," Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said. "We know we've got a lot of work to do after the season's over with, and there's a lot of things going on that affect that."

Until then, the Broncos might as well get all they can from the Big Five while they're still affordable. With 21 catches, Marshall just gave the Broncos more in one game than any receiver ever gave his team. Not that, one way or another, the team won't eventually pay for it.

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Old 12-16-2009, 04:38 PM   #2
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Too bad we didn't sign him 2 weeks ago, could have saved millions. EITHER WAY, PAY THE MAN.
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Old 12-16-2009, 04:46 PM   #3
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I think their demands (he and his agent) are going to be ridiculous, outrageous and something the Broncos will not do. I can just tell by the agents tone. Maybe they are starting out high and will settle for something less, but I doubt it. I can see him being tagged and the Broncos trading him for a 1st and a 3rd (or something like that).
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Old 12-16-2009, 04:57 PM   #4
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I think their demands (he and his agent) are going to be ridiculous, outrageous and something the Broncos will not do. I can just tell by the agents tone. .
I'm afraid that's the case. At the risk of getting flamed, I DO think he deserves a top 10 WR payday. He's a top 10 WR. But, I think they want to set the bar.
I just have that feeling.

We'll see. Brandon is at least answering the questions correctly. We'll see how it goes.

A lot can happen between now and the end of the season.
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:03 PM   #5
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Pay him. Pay him. Pay him. Pay him. Pay him.
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I think their demands (he and his agent) are going to be ridiculous, outrageous and something the Broncos will not do. I can just tell by the agents tone. Maybe they are starting out high and will settle for something less, but I doubt it. I can see him being tagged and the Broncos trading him for a 1st and a 3rd (or something like that).
Then again, teams won't be that eager to sign him and will want see if his off the field issues and behavior are truly in the past before they offer 1st and 3rd for him. And as a result, BMarsh gets the one year RFA pay out and plays another year in Denver.

In 2011 should Brandon have a great year and he is a model citizen off the field, teams will be lining up at the door at the door to include offering up a 1st and 3rd to lock up BMarsh. One extra year will allow Bowlen one more year to come to terms with breaking the bank to pay Marshall or lose him to another team.
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:11 PM   #7
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Brandon has only himself to thank for his position. It's great that he finally seems to have his **** together -- too bad it had to come down to the very last chance. The FO has a great deal of leverage, and they would be crazy not to use it. Assuming an uncapped year, they get to see what the market will bear with the option to match it. If the deal is too rich, we get a first and third. Sounds good to me. The pay the man now crowd needs to wake up and get real. Provided Brandon can stay out of trouble, he'll be a rich man next year. History isn't on his side... and I'm not holding my breath.
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Pay him. Pay him. Pay him. Pay him. Pay him.
Easy for you to say.... put on your GM and team owner hat and tell us how much and how long. Do not forget to consider free agency needs and who else on the team (insert Elvis here) contracts also need to be addressed.

I for one see either a low ball offer or cutting loose scheffler, he has been deemed usless in McDaniels system.
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This is why I couldn't pull the trigger on buying a #15 throwback jersey.

I hope we keep him, but I have my doubts. I hope they at least get some good draft picks if they let him go...
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Well it has been a whole 3 months since his last episode of dip**** behavior. Pay him!
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:05 PM   #14
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Jared Allen's trade to the Vikes is a pretty reasonable comparison to make.

The Vikes gave up a high 1st and two 3s (Albert, Charles and Morgan) to get Allen when he was franchised by the Chiefs. It seemed like a huge haul for the Chiefs at the time...and a big risk for the Vikes in making him the highest paid DE. Not so much anymore.

Players like Allen and Marshall just don't come along every day. A HOF potential player in the hand is worth much, much more than a few low # draft picks.

I think he is worth 10M\year.
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If we had paid Marshall sooner, I guarantee he would be wanting out of his contract now anyway. So I don't see the big game as an issue.
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If you had to choose:

DOOM or Bmarsh?

It would suck to lose either.
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I don't know Doggcow. I think this was a huge mistake by McD and Bowlen to ignore Marshall's request. It's like everyone is floored "oh, Marshall IS a good player." Um...yeah, he's been exceptional for two years, now on his third. In fact he is breaking records and turning games around for an anemic offense.

McD and Bowlen thought Marshall's production wouldn't be so high this year. Orton can't get the ball around like Cutler can. Anything less than a hundred catches would be considered a reduction. They were gambling on paying him less and driving his value down.

Now Marshall has once again proven his value, and on top of that, proven to be a game changer which he might not have always been.

He won't be in Denver for long. He's been treated poorly, they low balled him, suspended him, pushed him to the edge, and once he can sail into the sunset he will. Why would anyone want to work for people who treated him the way they did. Really the front office is establishing a nice little pattern of pushing around the young pro bowl offensive talent.
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It would suck to lose either.
Why can't we sign both.
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If you had to choose:

DOOM or Bmarsh?

It would suck to lose either.
bmarsh comes out when we need him most and absolutely dominates the top competition. doom is great and a real asset, but does not do this as frequently as bmarsh. a weak pass rush can be disguised by blitz, a real playmaking WR who runs YAC like no one in the NFL cannot be replaced.
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This is why I couldn't pull the trigger on buying a #15 throwback jersey.

I hope we keep him, but I have my doubts. I hope they at least get some good draft picks if they let him go...
I hate the gamble on unproven draft picks who could be NFL bust. BMarsh is already a proven quanity. Can we find another Brandon Marshall in the 4th round. The only he stays in Denver however is if Bowlen simply says he will make Brandon a top 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 WR in the NFL.

I can see the Ravens or Saints paying a Kings ransom and forking over their draft picks. As for the Ravens......Falcco(sp) sure could use a WR of Marshall's talents. Brandon could just be the missing link to put the Ravens over the top.
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I hate the gamble on unproven draft picks who could be NFL bust. BMarsh is already a proven quanity. Can we find another Brandon Marshall in the 4th round. The only he stays in Denver however is if Bowlen simply says he will make Brandon a top 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 WR in the NFL.

I can see the Ravens or Saints paying a Kings ransom and forking over their draft picks. As for the Ravens......Falcco(sp) sure could use a WR of Marshall's talents. Brandon could just be the missing link to put the Ravens over the top.
the saints have colston, ravens dont trade draft picks often, if ever.
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Easy for you to say.... put on your GM and team owner hat and tell us how much and how long. Do not forget to consider free agency needs and who else on the team (insert Elvis here) contracts also need to be addressed.

I for one see either a low ball offer or cutting loose scheffler, he has been deemed usless in McDaniels system.
I cut scheff loose. I pay brandon. And i need to get champ to take a paycut...14 mil, too much
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I cut scheff loose. I pay brandon. And i need to get champ to take a paycut...14 mil, too much
dont just cut him, but cant pay him top tier money...
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Give him the Fitzgerald money, 4 years $40 million.
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I don't know Doggcow. I think this was a huge mistake by McD and Bowlen to ignore Marshall's request. It's like everyone is floored "oh, Marshall IS a good player." Um...yeah, he's been exceptional for two years, now on his third. In fact he is breaking records and turning games around for an anemic offense.

McD and Bowlen thought Marshall's production wouldn't be so high this year. Orton can't get the ball around like Cutler can. Anything less than a hundred catches would be considered a reduction. They were gambling on paying him less and driving his value down.

Now Marshall has once again proven his value, and on top of that, proven to be a game changer which he might not have always been.

He won't be in Denver for long. He's been treated poorly, they low balled him, suspended him, pushed him to the edge, and once he can sail into the sunset he will. Why would anyone want to work for people who treated him the way they did. Really the front office is establishing a nice little pattern of pushing around the young pro bowl offensive talent.
Great post. Couldn't agree more.

The Broncos have obviously treated Brandon poorly. They paid him the contract that he signed. They didn't renegotiate his contract when he was behaving like a horse's a$$ in training camp. Brandon has only appeared in court, what, 3 or 4 times since being a Bronco. What's the big deal here. The league has only had to suspend him once. Heck, for that matter, the team has only had to suspend him once too.

I just don't get it. The Broncos organization is obviously bunch of ungrateful pink pony riders and a bunch of tight-a$$es with their pocket book.
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