It is a topic that has been circulating in the back of every Broncos player's and fan's mind since Brandon Marshall left Dove Valley a month ago with a bunch of boxes after meeting with Pat Bowlen: Will Brandon Marshall remain a Bronco in 2009?
Since Marshall asked to be traded the Denver Broncos have held up a strong front. From the team's standpoint, he is under contract and they have no intention of trading him or re-signing him to a larger contract with all his legal problems looming.
Marshall's attempt to get a larger contract by demanding a trade has not worked on the Broncos, and with training camp just around the corner, you have to wonder how far Marshall is willing to take this.
The Denver Post's Mike Klis reported earlier this week that the Broncos informed Brandon Marshall that as an injured player he will be expected to show up for training camp with the team's rookies on July 27.
Yahoo! Sports' Sean Jensen caught up with Brandon Marshall at the University of Minnesota while he was working out with fellow Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
When asked if he plans to report to training camp on time, Marshall said, "Well, I'm under contract with the Broncos."
This looks like a good sign. Despite Marshall's desire for a new contract and his issues with the Broncos medical staff, he still understands that he needs to honor his contract and report to camp.
When Marshall was asked about his situation possibly being a distraction to his teammates, he responded, “You don’t ever want to be that.”
So we can all hope that Marshall comes into camp and is able to talk with the organization and work things out, while training and working hard to learn the new offensive system Coach McDaniels has instituted in Denver.
Despite being away from Denver, Marshall has still been rehabbing from his injury and working out to try to get better at his craft.
Marshall said, “At the end of the day, I’m going to be playing football, and, if I’m going to be out there, I got to be in the best shape I can be in. All I can do is get up everyday and beat my body up, and that’s the truth.”
Marshall has even been challenging himself by working out with other NFL wide receivers, including Larry Fitzgerald, who many consider to be the NFL's best wide receiver right now.
"The main thing I’m taking back to Orlando with me is that I’m 20 yards behind Fitzgerald. [Working out here] showed me how far behind I am from the best.”
Marshall said he enjoyed sharing insights with receivers like Fitzgerald and the Green Bay Packers’ Greg Jennings.
(Hopefully he learned a little something about how to handle your business from Jennings, who is an elite receiver himself and was able to get a huge contract extension just by playing well, and not by causing a scene or involving the media.)
The highlight of Brandon's week in Minnesota, though, was when he worked out with Jerry Rice. “I had never gotten the chance to meet the G.O.A.T. [Greatest of All Time] before,” Marshall said. “It’s inspiring, to see how old he is, and how he’s still got it.”
If Marshall got some insight from these great players about how to handle his business from here on out, then maybe Marshall will shut up, report to camp, do what he is paid to do, and let the contract take care of itself.
If it weren't for Brandon's off-the-field legal issues, I'm sure he would have a long-term contract already. Hard work pays off, and that is what he needs to do: work hard, keep his nose clean, and the money will come.
I know we haven't heard the last of this situation, but one thing we can rest assured about is that Marshall will not try to holdout. He will report to camp. After all, he is still under contract with the Broncos.