Brandon Marshall: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation Surrounding Free-Agent LB

Mike Norris@@MikeNorrisBRFeatured Columnist

Denver Broncos inside linebacker Brandon Marshall jokes with reporters during a news conference following the NFL football team's practice Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, in Englewood, Colo. The Broncos are scheduled to host the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game Sunday in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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The Denver Broncos will extend linebacker Brandon Marshall a second-round tender. Marshall is safe to negotiate with other teams, but Denver can match any offer he accepts, and should he sign elsewhere, the Broncos would receive a second-round compensatory selection in the NFL draft.

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Broncos Can Match Other Teams' Offers to Marshall

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After reporting the news, Trey Wingo of ESPN suggested that the Miami Dolphins would be interested in trying to sign Marshall. The four-year veteran started all 16 games for the Super Bowl champion Broncos in 2015, recording 101 tackles, 1.5 sacks and an interception.

His numbers were slightly down from 2014 even though he played just 14 games that season. Marshall made $585,000 last season, and the tender will cost the Broncos $2.5 million, per NFLTradeRumors.co.

Miami can use all the help it can get on defense after finishing tied for 25th in sacks and 28th in rushing yards allowed last year.

The Dolphins, who allowed 24.3 points per game last season, have been aggressive in the free-agent market when it comes to defense.

Last year, they signed lineman Ndamukong Suh to a six-year, $114 million contract. They also brought in four-time Pro Bowl defensive end Mario Williams for a visit on Saturday and Sunday after he was cut by the Buffalo Bills, per Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald.

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Marshall could end up in Miami, but when teams offer second-round tenders, they usually feel good about the chances of re-signing the playerespecially considering they can match the offer.

It was the defense that won Super Bowl 50 for the Broncos, and it's more than likely Denver is going to do all it can to keep it intact.

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