Brandon Marshall Wants Out of Denver

December 1, 2010 NFL Football

Does anyone want to play in Denver anymore? Another Pro Bowl player wants out of the Mile High city as wide receiver Brandon Marshall has requested a trade.

If the Broncos grant his request he would be following former teammate Jay Cutler out of town.

Marshall’s agent Kennard McGuire told a TV station in Denver that the Broncos will try and accommodate the receiver. “Yes there was a meeting between Brandon, and Mr. Bowlen. There was a request for a trade. Mr. Bowlen has said that ownership will do everything in its power to accommodate his wishes.” McGuire said.

Marshall is in the last year of his four year contract and has said he wants substantially more money from the Broncos.  Without Cutler the Broncos are already 45-1 longshots in NFL betting to win the Super Bowl.  Without Marshall, those NFL odds at the sports book would go even higher.

A number of teams would love to add the Pro Bowl receiver including the Baltimore Ravens.  The Ravens have not officially contacted the Broncos but NFL betting sources have them looking at Marshall.  The concern regarding Marshall is his off the field behavior not his on the field production. Marshall has had 100 receptions over the past two seasons as NFL betting numbers indicate. "We’re interested in anybody that can help our team," coach John Harbaugh said, "He plays for the Broncos and he’s under contract. He’s not a guy that we’re concerned with right now."

The expected asking price for Marshall is a first and a third round pick. That is a high price to pay but it is not out of the question for a team like Baltimore or perhaps the New York Jets.  Marshall would be a great addition for either team since both have young quarterbacks as the Ravens have Joe Flacco while the Jets have Mark Sanchez. NFL betting numbers show that Marshall has 226 receptions for 2,899 yards and 15 touchdowns in his three years with Denver.   The Ravens are considered a darkhorse in NFL odds at the online sportsbook to win the Super Bowl at 25-1 while the Jets are 45-1 longshots in NFL betting.

The Marshall trade demand is just the latest disaster for a fading Denver franchise.  The Broncos fired Mike Shanahan in the off-season, hired Josh McDaniels who has had all kinds of trouble handling players and traded away a franchise quarterback in Jay Cutler.

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