Jay Cutler, Mike Nolan and now Brandon Marshall have exited the Broncos’ organization in the past year. That might be a hard fact to swallow in Denver.
There’s no debating Marshall’s talent. The obvious thought is that the driving force behind the receiver’s exit from Denver were his off-the-field incidents, which range from domestic disputes to reported spats with coach Josh McDaniels, fostering the willingness to let him leave. Marshall, however, defended his relationship with McDaniels during an interview with NFL Network’s Rich Eisen on Thursday, suggesting that perception didn’t always meet reality.
The reality of the situation could be slightly more narrow, as in straight cash money. The Dolphins immediately made Marshall’s pockets heavier following the trade, signing him to a four-year extension worth $47.5 million. When all is said and done, NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi believes it ultimately was a financial decision by the Broncos, based on Marshall’s history and a lack of trust in giving him a long-term contract. Their past with Marshall ended their future with him.
“This has been a money issue since Brandon Marshall was a fourth-round draft pick and exceeded expectations going back to when Mike Shanahan was still the head coach,” Lombardi said on NFL Total Access. “It was about money. He wanted to get paid, and the Miami Dolphins paid him well.”
The Dolphins, whom Marshall admits did their “due diligence” before making the trade, then did what the Broncos hadn’t been willing to do.