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Broncos' Marshall: I will report on timeThe wide receiver, who has requested a trade, says he will show up by the July 27 deadline. By Lindsay H. Jones
The Denver Post Posted: 07/17/2009 01:00:00 AM MDT Updated: 07/17/2009 04:18:24 PM MDT
The Denver Broncos' Brandon Marshall (THE DENVER POST | ANDY CROSS)
Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall says he is committed to reporting to training camp on time.
The Broncos could fine Marshall $15,888 per day that he fails to show up at Dove Valley. He already skipped the team's mandatory minicamp in June, allowing the Broncos to fine him up to $35,329.
"As of right now, I'm still under contract," Marshall said on the network's NFL Total Access show. "I have a wedding to prepare for, so
Marshall, entering the final year of his four-year contract, holds little leverage in his quest to be traded from the Broncos. He is recovering from offseason hip surgery and has a history of off-field legal troubles that have already led to one NFL suspension. He would also forfeit his fourth year of service - leaving him an extra year away from unrestricted free agency - if he failed to show up at camp by Aug. 11.
But while Marshall made it clear he does not plan to hold out, he would not commit to a long-term future in Denver and would not discuss his reasons for wanting a trade.
"It wouldn't be fair for me to sit up here and bash the organization and say things that we've been trying to keep behind closed doors," Marshall said.
Marshall has been one of the league's most productive receivers the past two seasons, with 206 receptions, 2,590 yards and 13 touchdowns. After making the Pro Bowl last season, Marshall will earn $2.198 million this year under his current contract, signed as a rookie in 2006. According to a USA Today study, 52 receivers in the NFL made more than $2.2 million in 2008.
Marshall on Thursday said there was "more to it" than money, but refused to elaborate.
Lindsay H. Jones: 303-954-1262 or firstname.lastname@example.org