Brandon Marshall and Josh McDaniels are scheduled to talk. That’s making the headlines today.
Mike Kils of The Denver Post suggests not much should be read into the conversation, which is not even in person, and also might include GM Brian Xanders. Marshall, a restricted free agent, has been the subject of trade talk throughout the offseason and is still expected to be traded. We’ve heard from multiple insiders and analysts here that those talks are now expected to heat up with the draft just nine days away.
Jason La Canfora posted Monday that the Seahawks continue to show the most interest in Marshall, and that’s no surprise, as they’re the only team to bring him in for a visit. Late last month, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll revealed the team had what he described as “very preliminary” talks with the Broncos and Marshall’s agent.
As La Canfora has been reporting, the Seahawks are unwilling to include a first-round pick for Marshall, which has been Denver’s asking price. That’s where things have stood. But it is possible Monday’s trade of Santonio Holmes put a wrench in the Broncos’ plan, forcing them to reconsider what they’ve reportedly been unwilling to do up until this point — accept less than a first-rounder.
Teams have until Thursday to sign restricted free agents to offer sheets. Marshall could also sign his tender, putting the Broncos in position to work out a deal for less than the first-round pick.