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Why Brandon Marshall Will Not Be Traded By the Denver Broncos In 2009

Old AccountSenior Writer IJune 16, 2009

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 28:  Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos before the NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 28, 2008 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 52--21.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos faced great woes this off-season.

They lost Mike Shanahan, the long tenured coach and adviser of the organization, and brought in Josh McDaniels from New England. Trouble began quickly after McDaniels attempted to make a play to get Matt Cassell to Denver.

A feud began between then-quarterback Jay Cutler and McDaniels after that. It was an ongoing media event that lasted for weeks. Finally, Cutler forced his way out of Denver, and was shipped off to Chicago

The Broncos did what they felt was best for the organization in the draft, taking advantage of the extra picks they had from the deal.

Mini camp came around the corner quickly, and the post-Cutler era began to surge.

Last week Kyle Orton, the replacement for Cutler, was named the starting quarterback even before training camp started so the team could prepare with him at the helm.

However, more controversy has arrived in Denver.

Brandon Marshall, the top receiver for the Broncos, has reportedly requested a trade. This was after he missed practice, and was believed to be seen packing his things and leaving the complex.

At the age of 25, Marshall is one of the top young wideouts in the league. In 2008, he had 104 receptions for 1,265 yards and six touchdown catches. These are quality numbers for a man who continues to develop and is entering his fourth season in the league.

But his troubles with the law have led to suspensions and disciplinary actions from the Broncos organization, giving everyone notice that Marshall still has some maturing to do. He is most likely going to take the same route as Cutler and try to force his way out of Denver by not cooperating with the front office.

However, is there a suitor for his services this late in 2009?

Arizona wide receiver Anquan Boldin wanted his way out of town, but he is still a Cardinal up to this point.

Now that the draft is over and training camp is nearing, it is unlikely that many teams will make a play for him.

He is much younger than Boldin, however, and will find more interest. He can also be more flexible in contract negotiations in the future.

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What teams come to mind as possible destinations for Marshall?

If this day came earlier, the Eagles could have made a play for him. With the addition of Jeremy Maclin via the draft, however, Philadelphia looks like it feels comfortable to play this season with the receiving corps it has.

The Giants can still use a receiver, even with the addition of Hakeem Nicks. However, I'm sure the team would be picky about bringing in a troubled receiver.

The Ravens, who did show interest in Boldin, could also make a bid for Marshall. The question is, would they be willing to pay the price for him? The Broncos are going to want a good package for Marshall, especially at the age he is at.

There aren't many options for Marshall to find a new home this season. It looks like he is going to have to tough it out with the Broncos in 2009.


Matt Miselis is a writer for BleacherReport.com

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