Carroll says Marshall deal still has ‘potential’

After several weeks of connecting the dots between Brandon Marshall and the Seahawks, more tangible progress has surfaced between the restricted free agent and his potential new team.

Pete Carroll revealed Wednesday at the NFL Annual Meeting that Seahawks general manager John Schneider has had what the coach termed as “very preliminary” talks with the Broncos as well as Marshall’s agent, Kennard McGuire, according to The Denver Post’s Mike Kils. Indeed, that sounds like progress.

Presumably, the Seahawks have discussed with McGuire a possible new contract for Marshall. The next step would be discussing trade compensation with the Broncos, who slapped a first-round tender on Marshall. The Seahawks have two first-round picks, No. 6 and No. 14 overall.

Carroll admitted to NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora that acquiring Marshall is still on the table and cited the three former Broncos assistants on his staff — offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, receivers coach Jedd Fisch and tight ends coach Pat McPherson — in what sounds like an apparent comfort level with the player.

“Yes, there is some potential there,” Carroll said. “We thought we did our homework on that thing, and we have a lot of insight and background on Brandon because of the coaches who have been with him. We’re just trying to draw all the information we can. We’ll see what happens with that later on.”

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