As we all know by now Brandon Marshall wanted to be traded away. There are many possible reasons why he wanted to be traded away. For starters, he lost his franchise Pro Bowl Quarterback in Jay Cutler. Losing a QB like Cutler will make any receiver reluctant to stay with the team. Another reason is simple, money, Brandon Marshall is still in his rookie contract that he signed as a fourth round pick in 2006. Marshall is due to make $2.2 million this year, he only made $535,000 last season, this is nothing compared to other receivers who have such prodution as Marshall's. For a receiver who averaged 103 catches, 1,295 receiving yards, and is in the top two for yards after catch over the past two years, Brandon Marshall is underpaid to say the least. Comparing him to other elite receivers, Larry Fitzgerald is due to make $10 million a year, Randy Moss is making $9 million a year, and Andre Johnson is making $7.5 million a year. Even Eddie Royal, Denver's explosive rookie, is making more than Marshall.
There are many possible reasons why Marshall is not getting the long term contract he believe he deserves. For starters he has been injury prone as of late, and he has been having hip problems. Marshall recently said on NFL Network that he is 100%, but i would be saying that too if i wanted a new contract. Another reason why I believe he is not getting signed to a better contract is because of his off the field issues. It seems that every off season, even dating back to college, Marshall gets in more trouble with domestic violence and DUI problems. This might lead coaches and Pat Bowlen in Denver to believe that Marshall is not a long term player for this franchise.
Going back to the topic at hand, Marshall will be playing in orange and blue this 2009 season, there is no doubt in that. Even though he is only due to make $2.2 million this year he would be dumb to hold out, cause he would lose up to $14,000 daily and he would not play the 2009 season. So holding out would pretty much void his contract for a year.
If Marshall lives up to his status and name then he will have a very productive season this year. Even without his franchise QB. If Marshal does put up impressive numbers again, and stays out of trouble, then i do not see any reason why he would not get a long term deal worth lots of money. If Marshall does get in more off the field trouble then he will most definitely not be a Denver Bronco much longer. I personally believe he will shape up and realize that he will never get a long term deal with any team unless he gets his act together.
So the big question is, Will Brandon Marshall be a Denver Bronco in 2010? I believe yes, and here are my reasons. Brandon Marshall is in line to break many records, he is extremely unique because he is 6'4-6'5 and 230 pounds and can break tackles like a 5'10 punt returner. Another reason is that Denver just got rid of their franchise Quarterback, they would be dumb to let go of a franchise receiver. Plain and simple Marshall is very important to this team, whether he is grabbing down balls in front of defenders faces, breaking tackles to gain an extra 10 yards, or whether he is requiring double coverage causing Denver's other receivers to have more of an opportunity to catch balls. Again if Brandon Marshall stays out of trouble with the law then i do not see any reason why he would not get paid like Larry Fitzgerald, Randy Moss, and Andre Johnson.