Unhappy Marshall says breaking point with Broncos could be near
The Denver Post
Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall today admitted he is very behind in learning the offense and that he remains unhappy with team management.
Marshall denied asking the team for more money, but said it is possible his relationship with the team could reach a breaking point. Marshall and his agent, Kennard McGuire, met with front office officials Monday afternoon.
“Unfortunately, sometimes it gets to that point. There are trust issues on both sides and that’s understandable,” Marshall said. “We’ve got to try our best to move forward.”
Marshall has previously expressed – through a post on his blog – distrust with the team’s medical staff over a nagging hip injury from last season, and now said he is unhappy with the team’s public relations staff. Marshall said he was “disappointed” to hear from teammates they were told not to publicly say they were happy Marshall was acquitted of misdemeanor battery charges last Friday. Front office officials apologized to Marshall Monday.
“Some things you can’t control, and that situation, we feel like we tried to handle that the best we could after that came up,” coach Josh McDaniels said. “Just trying to get everyone’s mind back on football and practice and doing what we need to do to get ready for Seattle.”
It is unclear how much Marshall is a part of the game plan for the second preseason game.
Marshall, the teams’ No. 1 wide receiver each of the past two seasons, played only with the scout team offense in Wednesday’s morning practice and did not take any reps with the first or second team in the offensive periods.
He said physically he feels “great” but he is not mentally ready to play with the starters. Marshall missed all of the team’s offseason minicamps while recovering from hip surgery and missed most of the first two weeks of training camp with a hamstring injury.
He also was excused from camp for several days last week to go to Atlanta for his trial on misdemeanor battery charges.
“You can’t go out there and try to take reps with the ones if you really don’t know what you’re doing out there,” Marshall said. “I just got to do my best and catch up in the playbook.”
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