Broncos’ Marshall could be docked $35,000
The Denver Post
Denver, CO Colorado
DENVER, Colorado — There is a steep price confronting Brandon Marshall for protesting his contract by not attending the Broncos’ mandatory minicamp over the weekend.
The cost: $35,329 in fines and a signing bonus deduction.
Marshall, the Broncos’ top receiver, is coming off back-to-back 100-catch seasons and hip surgery. In the final year of a four-year contract that would pay him $2.198 million this season,Marshall is seeking an extension that suits his level of production.
To emphasize his point, Marshall skipped all three sessions of the Broncos’ mandatory minicamp this weekend, although roughly an hour after the first practice Friday, the receiver met personally with owner Pat Bowlen at the team’s headquarters. Broncos coach Josh McDaniels
* Watch video of the Broncos wrapping up their minicamp.
spoke with Marshall’s agent, Kennard McGuire, again Saturday.
“They expressed their side, and we expressed our views,” McGuire said. “I have spent a tremendous amount of time speaking with Josh and the organization. We have decided to continue our dialogue in hopes of finding common ground.”
Will that common ground eventually lead to separate ways? For now, the team is not considering the possibility of placing Marshall on the trading block. With offseason workouts concluded, all Broncos employees are about to take some time off before reconvening to make final preparations for the start of training camp in late July.
And getting equal value for a 100-catch receiver may be difficult given the uncertainty of Marshall’s health and off-field issues. Marshall is rehabbing from the hip procedure he had April 1, and his case on misdemeanor battery charges in Atlanta has been continued until August.
Then again, the history of such NFL holdouts suggests teams do occasionally soften on their no-trade stances as the matter lingers. Knowing the severity of the financial punishmentMarshall could receive for failing to attend, even as a rehabbed spectator, the receiver sent the message he is serious about not playing the 2009 season under his current contract.
The Broncos can fine him $9,079 for missing the three-day mandatory minicamp. In addition, the team could recoup $26,250 of the $420,000 signing bonusMarshall received as a fourth-round draft pick in 2006. If he doesn’t report by Aug. 12, the Broncos can demand another $78,750.
Every action creates a reaction.
“All we can say about this is we’re going to do everything we can to reconcile the situation so that Brandon returns to the field,” McDaniels said. “Until then, we’re going to concentrate on the players that are here.”
Unlike Marshall, former Broncos receiver Rod Smith attended the final minicamp workout Sunday. Smith said he hasn’t talked to Marshall and didn’t know many details about his situation. But in general, Smith says he believes a player under contract should honor that contract by showing up for offseason sessions.
In addition to missing the mandatory minicamp, Marshall did not attend the previous three weeks of voluntary passing camp.
“It’s just never any good when people aren’t here,” Smith said. “You’re trying to build a team, and you’ve got a whole bunch of new stuff going on. There’s always stuff you’re going to miss, and it’s never the big stuff. People don’t realize it’s not the big things; it’s the little things. The discipline, the details, the lining up; protecting this guy. Those things are very important, and when you’re not here, you can’t get it.”
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