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Brandon Marshall wants out of Denver. I know, I know, a wide receiver acting out? Shocking, I agree. Nevertheless, Marshall is unhappy with his contract, which would pay him $2.198 million in salary this upcoming season – a pittance by modern NFL standard. And like his former teammate Jay Cutler before him, the wide receiver is attempting to use immature and disruptive behavior to get out of Denver, skipping all three the Broncos’ mandatory minicamp sessions over the weekend. The Broncos intend to him Marshall where it hurts: in the wallet.
By skipping the mandatory minicamp, the Broncos have the right to dock their receiver $35,329 in fines and seek repayment of the signing bonus he received in 2006.Marshall would face additional fines if his holdout continues into training camp, and he would have to repay another $78,750 of his signing bonus if he holds out through Aug. 12.
Perhaps more significant, Marshall could risk forfeiting his fourth season of service — which in turn would put him another year away from un-restricted free agency — if he doesn’t report by Aug. 12.
Unfortunately for young Brandon, the Broncos, perhaps learning how they grossly mishandled the Jay Cutler Saga earlier this years, they have no intent of letting Marshall go.
The Broncos appear intent on waiting Marshall out. Trading him would seem to be a dicey option. For starters, several other disgruntled NFL receivers who have more proven track records – Arizona’s Anquan Boldin, Cincinnati’s Chad Johnson and Green Bay’s Donald Driver – have let it be known they are unhappy with their contracts. All are still with their respective teams.
Although one could argue that Marshall is underpaid given his statistics – last season, Marshall caught 104 passes for 1,265 yards and 6 touchdowns – was this really the best time to raise a stink, given the tumultuous offseason the Broncos organization has already been through?
Of course, the average modern NFL athlete usually worries about Number One first, which you can hardly hold against them – teams can cut a player loose and not be obligated to pay them at a moment’s notice, so perhaps holding out is one of the few things a player can use as leverage in the modern NFL.
But what happened to honoring the contract you signed? I suppose it has gone the way of the concept of team has – out of sight, out of mind.
Broncos in no hurry to let Marshall go [The Denver Post]