First it was Jay Cutler. Now it’s Brandon Marshall.
Does anyone want to play for the Denver Broncos anymore?
Marshall’s agent, Kennard McGuire, has confirmed a report that his client has requested a trade. It appears that like Cutler, the Broncos are going to attempt to pursue a potential deal.
“Yes there was a meeting between Brandon, and Mr. [Pat] Bowlen. There was a request for a trade. Mr. Bowlen has said that ownership will do everything in it’s power to accommodate his wishes,” McGuire said.
Marshall, who is entering a contract year, skipped the team’s mandatory minicamp last weekend. He also walked out of that meeting, leaving with several boxes of his belongings.
While his conduct off the field hasn’t always been sterling, its hard to argue with his play between the white lines. He’s hauled in a combined 206 passes for 2,590 yards with 13 touchdowns over the last two seasons.
Numbers like that made him a viable No. 1 fantasy wideout.
The team being mentioned in a potential trade is the Baltimore Ravens, who have made no bones about their desire to add a playmaking wide receiver. However, coach John Harbaugh did tell the Baltimore Sun that a player’s off-field conduct is important to the organization.
“Their background matters,” Harbaugh said. “Any player we bring in is going to be a man of integrity and will be someone who is going to be respected in the locker room. We’re never going to compromise on that.”
If Marshall is traded to the Ravens or elsewhere, it will have a serious impact on the value of several key members of the Broncos.
Kyle Orton, recently named the starting quarterback, would have less sleeper value without Marshall. However, Eddie Royal would see a spike in draft stock as the top wideout in the offense of coach Josh McDaniels.
Jabar Gaffney, who would move into the starting lineup opposite Royal, would suddenly be worth a late-round pick. Knowshon Moreno and Tony Scheffler would see more targets in the pass attack as well.
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