Analysis: Brandon Marshall Is A Pain In The—Locker Room

Smith on Sports By Bill Smith

The Broncos have a major pain—WR Brandon Marshall.  Marshall is only one of the covey of  prima donna receivers in the league.  But Marshall is probably the most well know.  He is well known by Bronco fans but even better known by police around the country.
According to the AP Marshall has been involved in 13 police-related incidents since Oct. 31, 2004.  Many of Marshall’s problems with the law have resulted from his attitude.  While he was in college at Central Florida he was arrested for assaulting an officer and resisting arrest on Halloween night 04.

Marshall was in the car when Bronco DB Darrent Williams was shot and killed following a birthday party for Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin on Jan. 1, 2007.  According to team mate WR Javon Walker the shooting was probably in retaliation for a confrontation between Marshall’s cousin and a night club patron.

Marshall was picked in the 4th round by Denver in the 2006 draft.  He was a first round talent with a free agent head.  That is what cost him millions of dollars in his first contract.  That first contract has become a bone of contention between him and the team.

Since his draft, Marshall has shown equal parts of his talent and his lack of judgment.  After a 102 catch season in 07, in March of 08 Marshall put his hand through a television screen and cut a tendon in his arm.  The injury threatened his career.  He lied about the injury to the team but finally admitted that it occurred when he was wrestling with a family member.

Two things have brought Marshall to request a trade, deny he wanted one, and then demanded a trade or a new contract.  The first was the original contract which undervalued his talent but over paid his common sense.  The second is the trade of pro bowl QB Jay Cutler to Chicago.  Marshall is clearly concerned that new QB Kyle Orton won’t be able to get him the ball as frequently as the strong armed Culter.

ANALYSIS: The problem is that the Broncos can’t begin to get equal value for the receiver.  There are more than enough head case WR to go around the league.  There also is little chance that the Broncos will give Marshall a big increase.  He has a year left on his contract and the league might not play in 2010 or 2011.

So Marshall may have taken his farewell around the locker room but he is not going anywhere anytime soon.  That is the price Marshall has paid for his lack of sense.

That’s what I think.  Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent.  He is a senior writer for and edits  He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library/Contemporary/Author.cfm?AuthorID=1003 and edits