Brandon Marshall: Trade Demands Sound Awfully Familiar

Michael HicksContributor IJune 16, 2009

First Jay Cutler, now Brandon Marshall?

Does anyone want to stay with the Denver Broncos anymore?

A little more than two months after Pro-Bowl quarterback Cutler was traded to the Chicago Bears his former Broncos teammate Marshall is reportedly asking out, too.

Former NFL Network and Denver Post reporter Adam Schefter reported to AM radio station 850 KOA in Denver on Monday that Marshall asked Broncos owner Pat Bowlen for a trade during a meeting Friday. Marshall was in town to talk with team officials on the first day of a mandatory mini-camp, where Marshall did participate.

Reportedly, Denver isn't considering the possibility of dealing their star wide receiver, but, then again, they said the same thing about Cutler before he got shipped out of town.

Marshall, who caught more than 100 passes for an average of almost 1,300 yards and 7 TDs in the past two seasons, is upset with his contract and wants to renegotiate his original rookie deal.

Marshall is scheduled to make $2.2 million this season, the last year of his four-year rookie contract.

Other reports say that Marshall is upset with the direction of the team in the aftermath of the Cutler trade.

Whatever the reason is, Marshall, who has made more news this offseason for his continuing legal woes and refusal to let the Broncos medical staff to treat his injured hip, certainly looked the part of an alienated employee when he left the Broncos team facility last week with some packed boxes in tow.

Maybe Marshall just misses his old buddy Cutler and is hopeful for a reunion in Chicago.

Then again, maybe not.

The Baltimore Ravens have already been speculated as a possible trade partner. The Ravens certainly could use the WR upgrade.

Nevertheless, the last thing the Broncos need is another primadonna on their roster threatening for a trade. Especially one like Marshall, who has provided as many headaches off the field as exhilarating plays on it.

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