I say, don’t even think about it.
I don’t see any circumstance in which the Broncos would be inclined to keep Marshall if they are offered a substantial package. New coach Josh McDaniels is trying to instill a "team over me" philosophy that he hopes will catapult the Broncos back into contention.
Marshall’s childish antics do not fit into that mold at all. Now he will spend the next two weeks in timeout unless the Broncos ship him elsewhere, thus lifting the suspension.
One team will likely take a shot on him. There are roughly 10 teams facing potential blackouts, and Marshall could sell tickets while hauling in touchdown passes. The Bills are taking a similar chance with Terrell Owens, and maybe it will pay off.
Despite prospering with ticket sales (at least for 2009), the Giants will be linked to Marshall. Over the next few weeks, there will be rumors abuzz stating the Giants are inquiring about Marshall’s status.
I’m here to clarify that those reports will be pure speculation.
I’m not willing to pull a Sean Salisbury and say I’ll walk naked from Bristol through Washington if the Giants land Marshall. But if they do, maybe I’ll attend a Giants game that way. (And that’s just another incentive for the Giants not to even think about Marshall in their future plans.)
His criminal record is stained with multiple infractions of the law. His work ethic has been placed into question multiple times, including an instance in 2007 in which he sat out all but the last few days of training camp due to a pulled quad—and he only practiced because Mike Shanahan forced him to.
Now he’s openly admitted his knowledge of the Broncos' new offense is very scarce.
He has proven to be a baby when something does not go his way, highlighted by taking out his frustrations by playing volleyball instead of catch and trying to hit the Cowboys' scoreboard instead of giving the ball to the ballboy.
So Marshall is essentially Chris Henry, Randy Moss, and Terrell Owens wrapped into a freakishly athletic and immature 6'4" receiver. One that’s coming off hip surgery, too.
Plaxico Burress wasn’t 10 percent of what Marshall is in terms of attitude, yet he was a permanent fixture in the negative commentaries in the tabloids, even before the shooting incident. Marshall would explode if he played in New York, and I don’t mean statistically.
He would bring the Giants down the same way Burress did last December. That’s not an opinion; it’s fact. The child’s track record speaks for itself.