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Sources: Shanahan planned to cut WR Marshall

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    By Chris Mortensen

    Brandon Marshall has had his troubles with new coach Josh McDaniels this year, but he wouldn't even be a Denver Bronco if Mike Shanahan had still been around.

    Shanahan was planning to cut Marshall after the receiver played in his first Pro Bowl in February, according to sources familiar with the former Broncos' coach postseason thoughts. The coach went so far to share his plans with quarterback Jay Cutler, a day before Shanahan himself was surprisingly fired. Cutler was later traded to the Chicago Bears.

    Sources said Shanahan had grown weary with Marshall off the field and felt he was unreliable on the field, despite leading all NFL receivers with 206 catches for 2,590 yards over the previous two seasons.

    Shanahan, a source said, thought Marshall had cost the Broncos more victories with poor route running, dropped passes and tepid run-blocking efforts. The coach also anticipated some contract problems, a source said.

    Another surprising element is that Shanahan was not planning to shop Marshall on the trade market but rather just release him after the receiver played in the Pro Bowl.

    Chris Mortensen is ESPN's senior NFL analyst.



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