After basically disengaging himself from practice by standing with the defensive players on the sideline and not taking any normal repetitions during 11-on-11 drills (he said it is because he is “not close” to learning the playbook), Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall reiterated he is not happy with the team. He was asked if there were irreconcilable differences with the team.
“Unfortunately, sometimes it gets to that point,” Marshall said. “There are trust issues on both sides. It’s understandable. We’ve got to try our best to move forward.”
He said he was starting to work past his issues with the team, but he was upset on Friday when he said a public-relations staffer told Broncos players not to act too happy for Marshall after he was found not guilty of a misdemeanor battery charge in Atlanta.
“I think the biggest thing was, it was really disappointing hearing that some of my teammates on one of the best days of … for the past three years, of my life, some of my teammates were coached to say ‘Don’t say you’re happy for Brandon,’” Marshall said.
“That situation, we feel like we’ve tried to handle it the best we could after something like that came out, but trying to get everyone’s mind back on football,” Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said.
Marshall said he has not asked the Broncos for a raise. Marshall’s agent Kennard McGuire was at Broncos facilities on Monday.
“From day one I’ve never asked the Broncos for more money, and that’s from the summertime,” Marshall said.
Marshall wouldn’t say he asked again for a trade but said Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said back in June he would try to trade him.
“In that meeting with ownership, it was told to me they’ll do their best to accommodate me with that wish,” Marshall said. “And I’m still here. I’m a Bronco and all I can do now is do my best to get in my best football shape and be that player I was the past three years.”
Marshall wouldn’t say whether he would want to sign a long-term extension with the Broncos. He was then asked if he wanted to be with the team in the future.
“You know, I’m here now,” Marshall said. “And I love playing football, that’s what makes me happy. It’s hard to come out here and be disgruntled when you love what you do, and I love what I do.”