What next for Brandon Marshall?

All sides are making public peace in the relationship between Brandon Marshall and the Denver Broncos, which could make the upcoming weeks a little more interesting.

Marshall said during the Pro Bowl telecast that he wants to stay with the Broncos, despite issues during the season that led to a preseason suspension and a deactivation in the regular-season finale.

"I think we're past that," Marshall told ESPN during the game. "I love the city of Denver. I started there and would love to finish there."

The Broncos have also stated Marshall could come back. While it could either be posturing on both sides, an attempt to drive up his trade value or an honest sentiment remains to be seen.

After such a controversial offseason it seems likely Denver would shop him in a trade. The Broncos have had plenty of issues with Marshall off the field, and last year brought plenty of drama.

But those same problems might make it tough to trade Marshall, who also held out of a mandatory minicamp last year because he wanted a new contract. Any team trading for him would have to not only pay a steep price in draft picks or players, but give Marshall a multi-year contract that would pay him among the elite receivers in the game.

Marshall is a restricted free agent unless there is a new collective-bargaining agreement, which makes the situation that much more uneasy. While the Broncos hold Marshall's rights, bringing him back on a one-year tender could lead to another rocky season.

The Broncos can't afford to give Marshall away for less than fair market value, however. Marshall was the dominant figure in Denver's offense for the second half of the season, catching 68 passes over an eight-game stretch before he didn't play in the finale.



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