Another team declared itself out of the Brandon Marshall mix Tuesday when Dolphins coach Tony Sparano nixed the idea to NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora at the NFL Annual Meeting.
Marshall remains in restricted free-agent purgatory. So what’s next?
To date, the Seahawks are the only team that has shown tangible interest in Marshall, flying him to Seattle for a visit early in free agency. And that’s it. The Jets have been the only other team rumored to hold interest, although general manager Mike Tannenbaum wouldn’t discuss it, per Bob Glauber of Newsday.
The lack of any movement brings the conversation back to Seattle. The Seahawks have yet to sign Marshall to an offer sheet, a clear indication that they’re unwilling to surrender the No. 6 overall pick to get him (the Broncos designated Marshall with a first-round tender). The price of any deal also should include the new contract that would follow.
The Seahawks, who also own the No. 14 pick, appear to have leverage in what has shown to be a limited market for Marshall. Mike Kils of The Denver Post had an interesting take this week, suggesting the Seahawks’ trade for restricted QB Charlie Whitehurst might provide a framework for acquiring Marshall and that the Broncos might even slash their asking price.
As Kils ponders … would the Broncos take the No. 14 pick as part of a deal for Marshall? Or perhaps a second-round pick packaged with a mid-round selection?