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  • The New Marshall Plan: Trade Him

    For the good of the team, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen should jettison his star wide receiver, Brandon Marshall, while he still has some market value.

    After skipping the team's mandatory workouts this past week, Marshall was reportedly spotted carrying boxes out to his car following a meeting with Bowlen. Rumors have been circulating for some time that the fourth-year receiver, who is still rehabbing from off-season hip surgery, would like a new contract.

    Bowlen recently told ESPN that he and Marshall are on good terms, saying, "I'm very keen on having Brandon play for the Broncos."

    While I respect Pat Bowlen and what he's accomplished through his franchise, that simply doesn't make sense to me. He should be putting the irresponsible fourth-year player on the trading block to avoid any more damage to the team's public image and brand.

    If it's true that Marshall wants a new deal that would pay him as well as the league's other top receivers, that's simply ridiculous and really bad timing.

    By entering into a new contract with Marshall now, Denver would be gambling big bucks on a player who, in just three short years:

    * Has been ordered to get anger management counseling in exchange for having false imprisonment and domestic violence charges dropped.
    * Has been sentenced to a year of probation after avoiding a likely DUI conviction by entering a guilty plea to driving while ability-impaired (after being pulled over with a reported blood-alcohol level of 0.116 in a state where the legal limit is 0.08).
    * Still has two counts of simple battery charges pending due to alleged violence against former-girlfriend Rasheedah Watley
    * Was suspended by the league for three games in 2008 (which was later reduced to one game after he complied with league requirements that included more counseling).
    * Was arrested in March along with Michi Nogami-Campbell -- just weeks after they were engaged -- by an off-duty police officer who reportedly saw the pair hitting and kicking each other in public.


    Here's what the Pro Bowl receiver had to say about his latest brush with the law.

    "The judge, the next day, he had the police report, he had all the facts in front of him." Marshall said during a recently televised ESPN interview. "He looked at it and saw that there was no wrong-doing, it was simply an argument, and they got it wrong."

    Simply an argument? So the officer didn't see them hitting and kicking each other or Marshall pinning the woman up against a wall? Well, either the officer needs to get glasses and apologize to the Broncos receiver, or Marshall needs to understand that an argument is a verbal exchange, not a physical one.

    By other accounts, the charges of disorderly conduct were dropped after both Marshall and Michi Nogami-Campbell refused to press charges against each other, not because the police "got it wrong" as Marshall suggested.

    But maybe that's just the lens through which he sees the world, constantly putting his spin on incidents when his life spins out of control. After all, over the past few years he's had to talk with police officers following run-ins with two different women, his father, an off-duty police officer in a restaurant, and during his arrest as a DUI suspect. Yet through it all, Marshall seems to miss the point that the common denominator in all of his problems has been him.

    During his interview with ESPN, Marshall repeatedly shuffled through a stack of papers as though he was seeking a prepared answer to some of the questions being posed. That hit me as odd since he was involved in every single incident. If he wanted to be on camera to simply tell the truth, why did he need to keep referring to those papers?

    While I'd be surprised if his former girlfriend has been completely honest about what has transpired between the pair, Marshall brought his honesty further into doubt when he was asked about one specific incident where he allegedly blocked the taxi cab of his former girlfriend with his own vehicle and then pounded on the windows angrily, prompting her to call 911 for help. Her version of the story was reportedly backed up by the cab driver.

    Marshall hesitated a few seconds before replying to the question about whether or not he had pounded on the windows. Then he looked into the camera and claimed that he had "tapped" on the window to get the cab driver's attention because the woman had his cell phone and he wanted it back.
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    Right. And that's why he agreed to go to anger management counseling after the incident in exchange for having the false imprisonment and domestic violence charges dropped. That tapping on windows can be pretty scary stuff.

    While the league office opted not to suspend Marshall for his most recent arrest, you may want to jot down his reaction to that decision. I have a feeling these words will be coming back to haunt him, especially if he and his bride-to-be can't find a more civil way to "argue" than they did in Atlanta.


    "Getting straight to the point, I understand that there can't be any more hiccups from me. With that said, I guarantee, repeat, I guarantee there won't be any more from this day forward," Marshall reportedly told Denver radio station KDVR. "I'm thankful to the league and their findings today, but this is also a continuance of me looking into the mirror and growing into the man I know I should be."

    Former Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler realized that Marshall's immaturity was a big problem for the team last year, sharing his candid thoughts with the media after the receiver sustained a very serious cut that severed tendons in his arm. Marshall claimed that he had fallen into a television set while fooling around with his brother, an incident that he referenced as a wake-up call.

    "He's had many wakeup calls," Cutler said last April. "I mean, he's been in [head coach Mike] Shanahan's office many times. I've been up there with him. He said the same thing, 'this is a wakeup call, this is the last thing that's going to happen. Blah blah blah.' I mean, until he goes out and proves it, we'll see what happens."

    While Cutler didn't particularly think that Marshall was a bad person, "It's just something about him. He's always into something," he said.

    With all the distraction and negative publicity that Marshall has brought to the Broncos organization in just three short years, Bowlen should tell the team's general manager, Brian Xanders, to make a few phone calls this week and find the most advantageous way to banish the receiver from Denver. The damage that Marshall has done to the team through choices he's made have tarnished an otherwise highly-respected organization. Continuing to ignore his repeated off-the-field problems sends a message that the team's public image is worth less than the allure of another 100-catch season.

    And that's a shame.

    Marshall isn't likely to catch 100 passes with Kyle Orton at quarterback anyway. And having him run routes along with squeaky-clean types like Eddie Royal and Brandon Stokley magnifies the difference between Marshall and the kind of people and players the Broncos organization usually tries to showcase.

    Bowlen should raise his team's conduct standard to reflect the league's personal conduct policy that states: "It is not enough simply to avoid being found guilty of a crime. Instead, as an employee of the NFL or a member club, you are held to a higher standard and expected to conduct yourself in a way that is responsible, promotes the values upon which the league is based, and is lawful. Persons who fail to live up to this standard of conduct are guilty of conduct detrimental and subject to discipline, even where the conduct itself does not result in conviction of a crime."

    That statement is pretty clear. I don't see an asterisk or waiver for a player like Marshall just because he has caught 226 passes for 2,899 yards and 15 touchdowns during his three-year career. And rather than waiting to see if the league will slap Marshall with more penalties after his pending assault trial, Bowlen should make a statement to everyone associated with the organization that they have no room on their roster for players who are magnets for trouble. The distractions to the team and the damage to the team's brand isn't worth it.

    Bowlen could also send a message to Marshall that might help him turn his life around, much like the Vikings did when they traded malcontent Randy Moss to the hapless Oakland Raiders a few years ago. Moss withered into anonymity in Oakland, leaving him pining for a better opportunity. And when he finally got it through a trade to New England, Moss became a better person and player. He had obviously learned a valuable life lesson during his exile.

    Xanders' first phone calls for potential trade partners should be Detroit and St. Louis, a pair of rebuilding teams that won a combined total of two games last year. If Marshall does believe that he's worth more than the nearly $2.2 million he's scheduled to earn this year -- despite all of his baggage -- let him prove it with one of those teams.

    Some of the other teams who might be willing put an attractive offer on the table for Marshall are the New York Jets, the Cleveland Browns, the Baltimore Ravens and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Earlier this year, Jay Cutler was traded after showing his disdain and lack of trust in the Broncos' new head coach, Josh McDaniels. Rumors indicated that McDaniels was willing to swap Cutler in a multi-team deal that would have brought Matt Cassel to Denver, and Cutler took exception to the notion in a very public forum. Bowlen responded appropriately and boldly as the team worked out a trade with the Chicago Bears, eliminating a huge distraction for his club this year.

    And that's what makes his hesitance to part ways with Marshall even more puzzling.

    Bowlen would be wise to move Marshall now while he still has some perceived trade value. Because after Marshall's next screw-up, Denver's pool of potential trade partners will shrink even further.

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    Man, this off-season has been TOUGH......

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    • #3
      I agree completely.

      Trade him.

      But people need to understand - it is not the front office's fault by any means. It is not Josh McDaniels or Pat Bowlens fault. The fault completely lies with Marshall. There is absolutely no reason to get angry with our new head coach or Pat Bowlen.

      Repeat after me:

      This is completely Brandon Marshall's fault.
      This is completely Brandon Marshall's fault.
      This is completely Brandon Marshall's fault.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Endzo View Post
        I agree completely.

        Trade him.

        But people need to understand - it is not the front office's fault by any means. It is not Josh McDaniels or Pat Bowlens fault. The fault completely lies with Marshall. There is absolutely no reason to get angry with our new head coach or Pat Bowlen.

        Repeat after me:

        This is completely Brandon Marshall's fault.
        This is completely Brandon Marshall's fault.
        This is completely Brandon Marshall's fault.
        Exactly, and I agree to the max.

        Unlike the Cutler situation... Brandon is just showing off his one million dollar body, being stumped upon by his ten cent head.

        Basically wanting a huge contract to the likes of some of the top receivers in the league with all of the CRAP he has pulled with the law (whether he was guilty or not) is completely absurd. I mean, sure he DOES deserve a raise... But c'mon. I would like to know if Brandon would give some guy with multiple problems with the law in a short span a time, a hefty contract....

        And the timing? Totally terrible timing....

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        • #5
          But his current trade value is really low right now. We would not get enough compensation for a big WR with 200+ catches in 2 seasons. He still has a bad hip, damaged arm and legal issues. Tough call. The best thing Bowlen can do is convince Marshall that he will get his big contract after he gets healthy and proves he can perform in the new system. Marshall would help Orton a lot, even Peyton Manning joked when he saw Marshall at the Pro Bowl, saying that he finally discovered Cutler's secret for success after taking a look at Marshall's frame. We need to be patient and try to put him on the field. What would we get for him right now? A 3rd round pick?
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          • #6
            I think they way this article has been written is very eloquent and spot on.
            I think Marshall has been given enough opportunities to straighten his life out, but he keeps pushing it to the limits
            Let's see and wait what comes out of this drama once again...
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            • #7
              keep marshall

              thats what we should do and thats what we will do.
              if were smart

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Endzo View Post
                I agree completely.

                Trade him.

                But people need to understand - it is not the front office's fault by any means. It is not Josh McDaniels or Pat Bowlens fault. The fault completely lies with Marshall. There is absolutely no reason to get angry with our new head coach or Pat Bowlen.

                Repeat after me:

                This is completely Brandon Marshall's fault.
                This is completely Brandon Marshall's fault.
                This is completely Brandon Marshall's fault.

                Trade him for what though? A box of cookies and some cupcakes? Thats about all anyone is going to give us for him, since his legal matters are not even behind him.

                I mean maybe we could get a 3rd or 4th for him but anything higher then that I doubt a team would be stupid enough to fall for that.

                I would love to ditch this ball dropping women beater, but I just don't think any team would be foolish enough to give us anything of value for him.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Broncoslifer78 View Post
                  Trade him for what though? A box of cookies and some cupcakes? Thats about all anyone is going to give us for him, since his legal matters are not even behind him.

                  I mean maybe we could get a 3rd or 4th for him but anything higher then that I doubt a team would be stupid enough to fall for that.

                  I would love to ditch this ball dropping women beater, but I just don't think any team would be foolish enough to give us anything of value for him.
                  Exactly, no team is going to give up anything more than a football for a player who is a run-in with the law away from being suspended for 8 or more games.

                  Personally, I think we should just try to milk as much as we can out of the guy. Force him to play this year, and if he stays out of trouble, maybe sign him to a long term deal.

                  Or we could just franchise him if we don't think he's worth a contract.

                  I love Brandon Marshall as a player, but the Broncos are in a tough spot here.

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                  • #10
                    The only reason to keep a guy like this around is if he is willing to put the team first. If he's a self-promoter, he won't be of any benefit to the organization and could be a distraction with all of the negative press. He isn't being paid the NFL norm for his production, but he's much too high of a risk to extend.


                    Originally posted by Peerless View Post
                    Exactly, and I agree to the max.

                    Unlike the Cutler situation... Brandon is just showing off his one million dollar body, being stumped upon by his ten cent head.

                    Basically wanting a huge contract to the likes of some of the top receivers in the league with all of the CRAP he has pulled with the law (whether he was guilty or not) is completely absurd. I mean, sure he DOES deserve a raise... But c'mon. I would like to know if Brandon would give some guy with multiple problems with the law in a short span a time, a hefty contract....

                    And the timing? Totally terrible timing....

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                    • #11
                      This is just a Question, why has Boldin not been mentioned in trade/lets get him talk? Questionable attitude MAYBE! but better hands and brutal work ethic.
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                      • #12
                        I don't know about anyone else, but I hate the idea of Stokley or Gaffney as the #2 WR.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Taos_Broncomaniac View Post
                          This is just a Question, why has Boldin not been mentioned in trade/lets get him talk? Questionable attitude MAYBE! but better hands and brutal work ethic.
                          Back in January/February, I made a lot of enemies on this site. A lot of people still don't like me because of what I said back then, it was almost taboo, they wanted my ass out of this site on a rail, all because I said we needed to trade Marshall for Anquan Boldin, and I also mentioned Marshall was a self-promoter prima donna.
                          What I said back then, it now looks like an accepted idea of what to do with the guy. I, of course, wanted yet to give him another chance but I knew he will once again disappoint me
                          At this point, this organization is in such a mess looking just from the outside, it amazes me we've been able to successfully work in putting a team together in time for training camp...
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Taos_Broncomaniac View Post
                            This is just a Question, why has Boldin not been mentioned in trade/lets get him talk? Questionable attitude MAYBE! but better hands and brutal work ethic.
                            Marshall wants a fat contract therefor we trade him for another wide receiver that will ask for more money in his contract then Marshall.

                            Perfect logic. Championship.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Taos_Broncomaniac View Post
                              This is just a Question, why has Boldin not been mentioned in trade/lets get him talk? Questionable attitude MAYBE! but better hands and brutal work ethic.
                              Boldin wants a FAT contract just like Marshall does.

                              Trading BM for AB would equal a status quo.

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