Denver put the first-round tender on Marshall over a month ago, but teams were unwilling to give up a first-round draft pick to land Marshall's services.
Now, with just nine days remaining until the 2010 NFL Draft , the waiting game has begun.
There have been several teams rumored to be interested in trading for Marshall, and his signing of the tender could mean the Broncos have a deal (or deals) in place that could send Marshall to another team for a different package, and not the pre-designated first-round pick.
Marshall now holds a slight advantage, as the Broncos definitely don't want to walk into 2010 with a disgruntled star, and then watch him walk in 2011. They want to get the most out of him while they still can.
The Seattle Seahawks still remain the top guess for an ultimate landing spot for Marshall, although Marshall's connections with Mike Shanahan and Jay Cutler have the Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears frequently coming up in talks.
If the compensation is lessened to a second-round pick or a package deal, the Bears could still find themselves in the mix.
With everything moving a mile a minute, and with so little time before the draft, here's a breakdown of some possible scenarios that could have Marshall playing football elsewhere in 2010(in no particular order):
Why it works: The Broncos get a receiver back, get a veteran DE/OLB who still has something left and is versatile, and get a solid pick.
Why it doesn't: Denver may still be asking too much, and signing Jason Taylor (especially just to trade him) may be very difficult.
2. Washington trades Jason Campbell, Malcolm Kelly, and their second-round pick for Marshall and Denver's third.
Why it works: Helps Denver feel even better than before about their quarterbacks, gives them the pick they crave, and a receiver to work with. Washington still gets a pick back, and unloads the unhappy Campbell (who will remain unhappy).
Why it doesn't: Denver doesn't need Campbell, and they probably don't want to lose any picks.
3. Chicago trades Devin Hester, a second, and a fourth round pick for Marshall.
Why it works: Denver gets two quality picks and a receiver/return guy to help impact the offense and special teams, while Chicago gets to hold onto it's pride and keep at least one pick in the first four rounds. Let's face it: Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith have their backs against the wall, and they know it.
Why it doesn't: Denver thinks they can win with anyone at receiver, so they'll want defensive players to add, not a receiver who thinks he's better than he is. The two solid picks might get talks rolling, though.
4. Seattle trades Deion Branch and it's second first-round pick for Marshall.
Why it works: Denver gets another body at receiver, and the pick they desire.
Why it doesn't: Denver might be holding out for more, and odds are they want nothing to do with Branch, either.
In the end, the team with the most chips to play with is going to land Marshall. That puts Seattle in front, and it's ultimately their decision. If they want Marshall, they can have him, as they have the picks to go to battle with.
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