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Mile High revolt? Brandon Marshall wants out, Broncos sign Lloyd

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With Kyle Orton's perceived top target looking more like he wants to play elsewhere, the Denver Broncos brought in a guy who looked like he was on his way to being Orton's top target last season.

Denver reeled in Brandon Lloyd, signing him to a contract Monday afternoon. He's no replacement for Pro Bowl performer Brandon Marshall, but he gives the Broncos someone Orton is familiar with heading toward training camp. Lloyd jumped out last summer in the preseason game at Seattle when Orton went to him repeatedly in the two-minute offense. They continued to work well together through the first four games of the regular season when Lloyd was easily the club's leading receiver. But a minor knee injury in Week 4 put him on the shelf and whatever chemistry they had together fizzled before Lloyd returned six weeks later. It came as a surprise to no one when Lloyd exited at the end of the season after his one-year deal expired.

What also didn't come as a surprise was the report out of Denver earlier today that Marshall told Broncos owner Pat Bowlen "I think I'd like to be traded."

Sound familiar? Star player wants out of the Mile High City? Unlike Jay Cutler, Marshall's beef is over money. He boycotted the team's mandatory minicamp over the weekend, and has been a no-show for voluntary OTA's. It's not that Marshall would have been on the field. He is still recovering from April 1 surgery to his hip.

When there is news of a disgruntled star wide receiver, the idea that he could come to the Bears isn't far behind. It will be that way from now until the Bears land a No. 1 wide receiver. In fact, the idea of Marshall has been floating around since, oh, about a half-hour after the Bears dealt for Cutler on April 2. If you think Cutler has a rapport with Earl Bennett, that's nothing compared to how he worked with Marshall. The Broncos would be hard-pressed to justify dealing Marshall, but no one thought they were actually going to cut ties with Cutler. You don't have to read between the lines with coach Josh McDaniels. He wants Marshall.

"All we can say about this is we're going to do everything we can to reconcile the situation so that Brandon returns to the field," McDaniels said. "Until then, we're going to concentrate on the players that are here."

Marshall is set to enter his fourth year in the league and the final year of his contract. That doesn't mean he's destined to become an unrestricted free agent after the season. First, if there is no CBA extension, Marshall will be a restricted free agent in 2010. Second, the Broncos would be foolish not to place the franchise tag on him if he is headed toward the open market. Julius Peppers wanted out of Carolina. That doesn't mean the Panthers wanted to see him go. They tagged him. Denver isn't going to let Marshall walk away for nothing.

The Bears have at least pondered the idea of pursuing Plaxico Burress, who has legal troubles in New York. Burress took an unlicensed, loaded handgun into a Manhattan night club last November and shot a hole in his leg. Marshall was the recent subject of an ESPN special, and his off-field legal woes were at the center of the piece. He's been accused of domestic battery on multiple occasions. He's been busted for DUI. Last summer, the Rocky Mountain News reported police had been summoned to Marshall's home on nearly a dozen occasions. He has a pending misdemeanor battery case in Atlanta that is expected to be heard in court in August. In college, he was charged with assaulting a law enforcement officer. Far from a legal issue but certainly an off-field incident worth exploring ... it was 15 months ago that Marshall offered one of the all-time explanations for an injury--he slipped on a McDonald's bag while wrestling with family members and fell through a television, cutting his right forearm. It would be short-sighted to ignore the issue. Marshall said he played last season even though his right hand was numb.

Burress, before he ever gets to court, is guilty of a stupid, stupid decision that could have injured or killed someone else. Marshall's track record seems to be that he's trouble waiting to happen.

We doubt the Broncos will consider shipping away Marshall, but we'll readily admit we never thought Cutler would be able to change his zip code to 60045.

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Sorry, but I'd rather have a guy who hurts himself and not women. These guys that beat women, they don't change. Remember Lawrence Phillips? I believe he is in jail right now.

What are the chances Plax shoots himself again? Nil compared to the next girlfriend Marshall works over. It's a PR mess waiting to happen.

Been a Broncos fan since the early 80's (since I was born), that was one heck of a pill to swallow seeing Cutler go to the Bears but you can't have someone on your team that doesn't want to be there. That person (Cutler) won't give it their all and will corrupt the fabric of the team. Marshall has different reasons for leaving, the almighty $. But I agree with the majority of Broncos fans, Marshall will be staying in Denver for a long while. Pat will give him the $ he wants Brandon is a smart enough guy to realize he is worth the money and has many years left in his career. He'll get his payday, besides why would you want to leave Denver shoot we'll be carrying home that Lombardi trophy next year anyway. GO BRONCOS!

Thanks for all the Cutler warnings Bronco fans. But after not having a QB for the better part of a century, I'll be just fine with the risks he brings. The talent by far outweighs everything else.

Marshall is a vile, despicable cancer, and any team that would rather hold on to a women beating creep, rather than a star quarter back is run by folks would should probably be in the insane asylum.

Of course, this is the same franchise that put in motion a vendetta of character assassination after they traded Jay Cutler, so anything is possible with the Broncos at this point.

It's more likely that Martians will land in Washington D.C. on July 4th, than the Broncos will be hoisting the Lombardi trophy any time soon, especially with a coach who'd rather have Matt Cassell than Jay Cutler.

"He'll get his payday, besides why would you want to leave Denver shoot we'll be carrying home that Lombardi trophy next year anyway. GO BRONCOS!"

AHAHAHA!!!! Oh man, that was a good one Bronco Country! I think I have tears in my eyes from laughing so hard!

Ah, thanks buddy. I needed that.

Anyway, on to serious matters, Brad said the following:

"Burress, before he ever gets to court, is guilty of a stupid, stupid decision that could have injured or killed someone else."

You took the words out of my mouth, Brad. Everyone says oh he's just a dumby who shot himself. Well, if you discharge a firearm in a crowded area it could have easily been someone else getting shot and being fatally wounded. He was lucky that night. Very lucky. Oh, and he's still a frickin' moron.

As for Marshall, the case can also be made that he was lucky his DUI didn't turn into a more serious matter like vehicular manslaughter.

Whatever, they're both tools. Let's find out what we have in Bennet, Kinder, Knox and Iglesias and don't forget we have three pass catching tight ends, four running backs that can catch and our fullbacks can do that stuff too. We're fine without these clowns.

Man it seems like every turn there is a problem with character in most of these players. I think the Bears are going to need someone to hold down the receivers but do we really have to go to the unsavory character heap to get it done. It seems the focus is the lesser of two evils. I'm not a Buress Fan and sure as hell question the character of someone that has the po po coming to their house nearly a dozen times for domestic battery. Enough this is a straight up joke. With all the things the Bears coaches are contending with this year the development of rookie receivers, improved defensive line and secondary play, a new offensive line and a brand new quarterback why bring a character issue to the table. I say hands off to both until they can establish they have found a way to not let their personal lives impact their careers. Develop the rookies it seems to be less of a headache than introducing a new problem into the mix.

I'm a Bears fan who - on talent alone - would love to see Jay Cutler throwing to either Burress or Marshall, or both. However, Marshall sounds like a chronic woman-beater, and as such would not be a welcome addition at all. Burress, at least from what I've read, would be welcomed in the clubhouse...Then again, if we open against Green Bay with Hester and Bennett at WR, I think they will surprise people with how good they really are.

I thought Brandon Lloyd was the best of the lot last year. He had good leaping ability, he had great hands, unlike the rest of the wide receiving corp. He was a good possession receiver. Yeah, he got injured, but the Bears should've kept him anyway.

But really, who could the Bears possibly send to Denver for Brandon Marshall, who's still under contract? Plexico Burress (while hoping that the veterans on the team can steer him clear of trouble, and assuming he'll be allowed to play some time this season) is a much more realistic choice because he's on the streets.

Mike,
I am with you on that one. Stupid is as stupid does....We now have 3 young wideouts we drafted to go along with a still-improving Devin Hester, a drastically improved Earl Bennett, a hopefully humbled and re-focused Rashied Davis....not to mention Olsen and Clark, backed up by Gaines or Davis (or both). Add in Forte and Wolfe, and we have a passing attack. Don't forget Kansas City had multiple 4,000 yard passing seasons out of Trent Green, and he had Eddie Kennison and Tony Gonzalez, and not much else....

I'll take our group over that group. Olsen and Clark together might almost equal Gonzalez, and Hester, Bennett, and Iglesias could all be better than Kennison. I still think once the pads come on, Kinder will be the most interesting to watch of the three rookies. Knox is electrifying, but I see him displacing Rashied Davis in the slot rather than pushing Bennett or Hester for playing time outside. Kinder is probably the best option for a backup at Split end behind Bennett, and Iglesias is probably best suited as a flanker. That would give us 5 WRs, which should be enough. I like the idea of keeping 4 TEs more than 6 WRs, especially given Olsen's ability to split out and run receiver routes when needed.

We need to forget about Burress and Marshall. Neither one of them are capable of being the mature presence we need to help develop the younger guys. There is no one on the squad any more with any real experience that can serve as an example for the younger guys. Any veteran presence would have to be someone who can lead by example, not distract by behavior.

I think there are two ways Denver can handle this situation:

1) Denver should "force" BMarsh to fulfill his current contract. Let's see how he plays after hip surgery. If he plays well, then next year, slap the franchise tag on him to maximize the trade value, if he still wants out.

2) If we choose to renegotiate/resign with BMarsh then make his contract dependent upon his off-field record and game attendance (i.e., no suspensions).

I'd love to see Denver succeed this year and do better than the critics anticipate but I think it will be a few years before we're a real contender for the SB.

By Bronco Country on June 15, 2009 8:21 PM
Been a Broncos fan since the early 80's (since I was born), that was one heck of a pill to swallow seeing Cutler go to the Bears but you can't have someone on your team that doesn't want to be there. That person (Cutler) won't give it their all and will corrupt the fabric of the team. Marshall has different reasons for leaving, the almighty $. But I agree with the majority of Broncos fans, Marshall will be staying in Denver for a long while. Pat will give him the $ he wants Brandon is a smart enough guy to realize he is worth the money and has many years left in his career. He'll get his payday, besides why would you want to leave Denver shoot we'll be carrying home that Lombardi trophy next year anyway. GO BRONCOS!

I can't believe Broncos fans are still thinking they have a shot remember you gave your franchise qb up for a game manager and your star receiver is unhappy and you replaced a potential hall of fame coach witha guy that doesn't have a clue how to keep his team happy so if anyone seriously thinks the Broncos will even go 8-8 this year your dilusional.

MOMO wrote:
"I thought Brandon Lloyd was the best of the lot last year. He had good leaping ability, he had great hands, unlike the rest of the wide receiving corp. He was a good possession receiver. Yeah, he got injured, but the Bears should've kept him anyway."

Momo,

I live in Maryland outside of DC and saw Brandon with the Skins for two years. Great talent. Gets injured and comes back on his schedule. This is now the 3rd team he has left (49ers, Skins, Bears) and I have not heard of any of his former teammates speak out for him.

Cause and effect? Probably.

I agree with what people are saying about the difference between a woman beater who has anger issues and a guy who was stupid and probably will never do that one thing again. Plax's work ethic was an issue with the Giants but it wasn't till he compounded the problem that they cut ties. I say sign him to a 1 year incentive rich contract that allows him to get paid as a top wr if he stays on the field and performs. Every QB needs a big wr on the outside that can make a hurried less than perfect throw under pressure work. defenses know how to take Hot Reads away from offenses. Sometimes you just need to be able to win the personal battle for the ball. Hester will do that by burning them deep but if they are in a two deep zone and shade his way thats an interception. Burres would complete this offense and complete an awesome offseason by the Bears. Than it will be up to lovie and his players...no excuses. Go Bears!!

I'm with Mike on this one too.

If both of these guys are A) idiots or B) women beaters, then who needs 'em. There's more to life than football.

I was worried like most earlier in the off-season about our receiving corps. Now I think we can ride with this young group and see how they develop with guys like Kreutz and Cutler leading the way. Besides, we get off the bus running don't we?

PS. I'm from New Mexico and am going to the Bears-Bronco game in August. I'm having a hard time picking which jersey to wear (Cutler, Urlacher, Urlacher's Lobo jersey, etc.) any great/funny/good ideas?

Yeah, I liked what I saw in Loyd abilities and sadly he was the best we had, lol
and I would have liked to give him another shot but there are better WR out there who will last the year.
I also say give Burress a shot, and the players agree.

If you really believe the media speeches by the Coaches then I have some land in Florida to sell you as well.

Can't remember the last time I read a Denver paper but those fans have been reading ours since Cutler came here. I don't need to check up on Orton I know exactly how he's doing. He's growing out a beard and missing receivers while staying humble. Nice backup guy but no reason to write or read a story.

Each one of the 4 receivers most talked about the Bears going after (Marshall, Burress, Boldin, Jones) have baggage. I don't think the Bears have enough to trade for Marshall and Boldin, plus I'd be worried about giving up a lot for Marshall until he proves he can stay out of trouble. At least with Burress and Jones you won't have to give up anything other than $ (easy for me to say because it is not my money) but both make me nervous with their off the field issues.

You could also make the case that signing one of these guys will take away the opportunity for the players we have on the roster from developing. The Bears have spent relatively high draft picks (a 2nd and two thirds) to not give them playing time and see what they can do. However... the last time I remember the Bears not going after veteran free agents because they wanted to develop their young draft picks was in 2004 and 2005 at quarterback. That ended up as a disaster. Rex, the player they were trying to protect and develop, kept getting hurt and the Bears wasted terrific defenses in both of those years. In 05 the Bears may have had a more serious shot at the Superbowl if they started a veteran quarterback instead of a rookie 4th rounder and then rushed Grossman in at the end. In fact, I believe the Bears stunted Orton's growth at quarterback by forcing him to play before he was ready. He never really recovered (in my opinion) from the 5 interception game against the Bengals and instead of developing into an accurate, playmaking qb, he became a game manager who was afraid of making mistakes. Plus, now in hindsight we realize that Grossman never developed and those were the peak years of the defense.

Quarterback is more important than wide receiver, but still, to rely completely on young talent that may or may not develop is very risky and you may end up wasting talent that is ready to flourish now. In 04 and 05 it was the defense, this year it may be Cutler, who, by the way is still developing and needs at least someone to be able throw to. So my pick would be to hold my nose and sign Jones. Burress is a better receiver but his trial will be a distraction and he will cost more money. Jones will not be a great receiver but he will at least give Cutler someone to throw to and buy some time for the young receivers to develop, if they ever do.

Bronco's aren't stupid, they are acting like the Pat's.Pat's only pick up high character guy's to build a team around.No crying Qb and troublesome WR thats going to break pacmans arrested while playing for the NFL record.

One thing I will say is that there is no way Marshall is coming to the bears.First off, Broncos would look extra bad if they send Marshall to the bear and the bears win the Superbowl because of it.

Marshall is going else where

"Bronco's aren't stupid, they are acting like the Pat's.Pat's only pick up high character guy's to build a team around." -dice

Dice, forgive me for asking. But have you been drinking plutonium?

The Broncos aren't stupid? Really? You mean to say that by alienating and eventually losing a young pro-bowl QB, the engine of your offense, it's actually a good thing? Please explain. I would love to hear you elaborate on that.

Next, they're "acting like the Pats who only pick up high character guys."

First, the Pats build teams that win. They are not acting like the Pats.

Second, it's funny because when I read that, the first guy I thought of was Randy Moss and before his being traded to the Pats, he was anything but high character.

Is it time for the yearly CAT-scan?

If I was 6-4 230 lbs and I beat up a girl she would look beat up. This girl has claims but no evidence. And if you think girls don't act gangsta get drunk and try to fight dudes go check out the Atlanta area. Try to ride the marta train. Besides I heard they watch dog fights for entertainment down there.

WE DON'T NEED HIM EITHER, HE BEATS WOMEN, HE IS A LIAR, HE SHOULDN'T EVEN BE IN THE LEAGUE, HE SHOULD BE IN JAIL!
IF YOU GOT RID OF TANK JOHNSON, WE DON'T NEED THIS GUY, OR PLAXICO!
WINNING IS ONE THING, DEALING WITH JAILBIRDS IS ANOTHER!
THESE GUYS GIVE ATHLETES A VERY BAD NAME!

1. Character Issues

Think back to when you were in high school. Who generally were the biggest jerks? Answer: the jocks on the football team. (I differentiate between jocks and athletes.) The fact is that most of these guys are jerks, though some are clearly worse than others.

2. Good Teammates

Plaxico Burress has caused problems on the Steelers and then the Giants, aside from any off-the-field behavior. I haven't heard any such complaints about Jones or Marshall.

Conclusion: Unless a player consistently does really egregious things off the field relative to what the rest of the players do, ignore this stuff and concentrate on the player's attitude on the field, in team meetings, and in the locker room.

None of this is an opinion on any of these guys' behaviors off the field. Personally, I hate guns and have no like or respect for guys who hit women. But I believe there's an issue with the credibility of Marshall's girlfriend who says he hit her, so all of this has taken into consideration before reaching any conclusions. I have no problem with the Bears having a policy of not acquiring any serial woman beaters, but they should make sure Marshall actually did what he's accused of before failing to take an interest in him.

BTW, the Broncos seem to be imploding. As if firing Shanahan after one bad season and losing Cutler weren't enough, now they alienate an All Pro receiver too? Josh McDaniels had better win real soon or there are going to be some very angry people in Denver. My guess is that neither he nor the owner have a clue what they're doing.

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I need a fix I mean I am nervous about the dead air that looms in the sun burn of CHI-Town humidity... Creighton, you guys I generally don't comment but i'm a fervent blogger reader and you guys are as famous to me as Brad himself!!! Reach out this morning. Wakey Wakey, and give me todays fodder. It's depressing to see the slowing of my morning desert, though I'm thankful that it's life is prolonged in this way, as you seemingly regular Joes yak it up daily and insightfully. What's happening with anything Bears? Is there any truth to the alleged farewell Marshall blogged teammates and fans with over in Denver or is it a hoax? Go Bears!

wRIGLEY YOU MAKE A GOOD POINT - ABOUT THE BELIEVABILITY ISSUE. -
and yes the Broncs are having serious issues, how do you let a Shanahan go in the first lace?
Saw on insider that Marshall has the Bears as an option, guess I am different as I would want Plax over Mrashall not bc of the legal issues but I am looking at Atletes, Plax is a Vet who caught the winning SB pass, got wide open as well in the biggest route of his life. Marshall? We have some young WR to develop by the time they develop we won't need Plax anymore or Marshall. We just need Plax for a year or 2.

Mike, I agree with you..lol Broncs have been anything except smart here lately and Moss is a big item as he has had no issues in Pats land, I would have missed that one if you hadn't brought it up.
It maybe depends on the team and Coach. ?? as well as the players upbringing - I heard so far that Henry is doing great in Bengals ota- some players need a wakeup call as they have been the jock/jerk all their lives. and some players never get it. Its up to JA/Lovie to interview and make that team changing call.

For all you Bears fans (I am too) who have heard since the dawn of time that "it's not fair to judge Ron Turner because he is doing the best with what he has", i think that excuse has run it's course. We have a probowl QB, above average HB, above average TE, solid OL and the receivers are the only glaring weakness. Guess what, McNabb had diddly squat for years in Philly and they had a great offense year in and year out.

Ron, the pressure is finally on. The cushiest job in Chicago is finally over....no more built in excuses. To be fair to Mr. Turner, he did turn in a top 10 offense with Grossman at the helm, so I have to give him props on 1 year.

As for the Bears chances this year, I truly beleive that it rests in the hands of the pass rush. If they get pressure without blitzing (even that didn't work last year) like in 2006, all of the weaknesses in the secondary, Brian Urlacher's deteriorating ability and complete hole at free safety are invisible. At least they recognized that, this year (evidenced by the signing of Marinelli) and are trying to address it.

I think that the offense will chug along slowly at first, but start clicking by week 5 and actually start to WIN GAMES (not win in spite of the offense). A lot of "ifs" on defense, but a decent chance this year to win the division. If they solidify the WR position and the pass rush by next season, this will be a superbowl contender for sure.

Just the kind of responses I would expect from Chicago fans, so used to last place don't even look at the big picture no more. Anyway, enjoy Cutler, hey maybe you can get B Marsh too that should get you a good foothold on second place in your weak division.

I think a lot of people are right on. Burress is a fool and has been most of his career. That said he seems to be relatively well liked in the locker room. In the choice between Burress and Marshall I have to go with Plax. Marshall seems like a real chronic problem, not mention a liar and a woman beater.

I think (at least I hope) Plax will learn his lesson after the real trouble he's in now. It's hard to get excited about a guy who will prob be in jail a year from now though.

But in terms of reality, the Bears are MUCH more likely in my mind to go after Plax simply because they don't have to trade for him. We gave up the farm for Cutler and rightly so, but I don't think we could do that again for Marshall.

I say stick with the guys we have as many have said they could surprise us. But if the team is insistent on Plax or Marshall, go with Plax.

ADIOS TO BRANDON LLOYD, I HOPE YOU SURVIVE THE WEATHER IN DENVER, BECAUSE YOU HAD A ROUGH TIME IN CHICAGO!
OFTEN INJURED, NOT VERY FAST, OVERRATED BALLPLAYER!

I believe none of the above let the young players develop why bring more baggage when you are trying to develop for your future and your franchise QB. I would like to see if this staff can develop some players I have seen little evidence to this point that they can. They almost seem afraid to play a young player and see if he is or isn't a professional. Not to many players get better just watching.

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/football/bucs/article1010807.ece

We better grab him before someone else does.

Maybe he doesnt want Da Bears?
I know I wouldnt want to go into the season with a bunch of rookies at WR no matter their potential - we may as well kiss the Super Bowl goodbye this year if thats the case.

It will be hard for any team to step up and pay Marshall the 9 million a year contract he is looking for. Much less a team willing to pay him AND pay the Broncos with either players or draft picks. The reason is simple Marshall avoided suspension earlier this summer because the charges were dropped, however he still as several court dates later this summer. If he loses one, or both, of those trials the NFL will suspend him for at least 8 games if not the year. No matter how talented he is because of his behavior he is real close to a Pacman type suspension.

"By Bronco Country on June 17, 2009 10:28 AM

Just the kind of responses I would expect from Chicago fans, so used to last place don't even look at the big picture no more. Anyway, enjoy Cutler, hey maybe you can get B Marsh too that should get you a good foothold on second place in your weak division."

Did you really just say that? In case you don't watch football outside of Denver...

2005 - 1st place
2006 - first place, hosted NFC Championship game, went to Super Bowl
2007 - 4th place (your entire argument lives here, right?)
2008 - 2nd place, 0.5 games our of playoffs.

If you wanted to make those kind of statements about the Bears and be right, you should have spoken up in the late 90s.

Oh, and don't talk about weak divisions coming out of the AFC West, the worst division in football. Who sent an 8-8 team to the playoffs last year? The Broncos have one playoff win this decade (2005). Gonna curtail on the Chargers to defend your division? They haven't hosted, or won an AFC Championship game this decade either. I guess you could cling desperately to the Oakland 2002 Super Bowl appearance.

The Bears hosted the NFC Championship, and won it, in 2006. Green Bay hosted it in 2007, and lost in overtime to the Super Bowl winning Giants. Minnesota flaked out in 2008 with no playoff wins, but at least they had the common decency to post a 10-6 record going into the playoffs. You know what winning records look like, don't you?

Pathetic AFC West teams tying at 8-8 for playoff spots. Oh, and why do you waste time blogging on a Chicago Newspaper spot? Oh, I know, we have your best player and you can't break .500. Lucky for you, you don't have to to "win" the AFC West.

"If I was 6-4 230 lbs and I beat up a girl she would look beat up. This girl has claims but no evidence. And if you think girls don't act gangsta get drunk and try to fight dudes go check out the Atlanta area. Try to ride the marta train. Besides I heard they watch dog fights for entertainment down there."

Brilliant comment, Jaybo. Congratulations for being as big an idiot as a Bears "fan" as BroncoCountry is as a Broncos "fan'.

Here is a brief history of Marshall's legal troubles:

According to Orlando-Orange County public records (case 48-2004-MM-012392-O), on Halloween 2004, while a student at UCF, Marshall was arrested in Orlando on charges of assault on a law enforcement officer, refusal to obey, disorderly conduct and resisting an officer.[39]

On January 1, 2007, Marshall was present at "The Shelter," a nightclub in LoDo, Denver, Colorado, along with teammates Javon Walker and Darrent Williams. The trio was attending a birthday party held for and by Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin. As the players were leaving the club in a limousine, Williams was fatally shot in the neck after an unknown assailant opened fire on the vehicle. Willie Clark was later charged with the murder.[40] Walker has stated in interviews that the shooter was likely a nightclub patron whose motive was retaliation after being involved in an altercation with Marshall's cousin earlier that night.[41]

On March 26, 2007, Marshall was arrested in the Highlands Ranch suburb of Denver on suspicion of domestic violence after his girlfriend reported that following a domestic dispute, Marshall prevented a taxi she was in from leaving his house.[42] Charges from the incident were later dismissed on May 25, 2007, after Marshall completed anger management counseling.[43]

In the early morning of October 22, 2007, Marshall was arrested in the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area at the intersection of 14th and Blake St. for driving under the influence of alcohol.[44] A trial was scheduled for September 16, but Marshall instead agreed to a plea bargain four days earlier; he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of driving while ability impaired.[45] He was sentenced to one-year probation and 24 hours of community service.

On June 12, 2008, Marshall was ticketed for an illegal lane change, then found to be without his license and proof of insurance.[46] The case was eventually dropped as part of a plea bargain for the October 22, 2007 driving incident involving alcohol.[45]

According to an article published in the Rocky Mountain News on July 28, 2008, Douglas County deputies fielded "about 11" calls to Marshall's home since January 2006. The article stated that one call resulted in Marshall being arrested (the March 26, 2007 domestic dispute), and some did not involve him at all.[47]

A September 17, 2008 article on CompleteColorado.com stated that the solicitor's office in Fulton County, Georgia filed misdemeanor battery charges on September 10 for an alleged incident on March 4, 2008, in Atlanta, Georgia. Marshall was booked on March 6, then released the next day after posting a $1,000 cash bond.[48] The case was assigned to Judge John Mather in Georgia state court. An email from Judge Mather's office to CompleteColorado.com indicated that no court date had been set, but that the date would likely be in November or December.[49]

On March 1, 2009, Marshall was arrested in Atlanta for disorderly conduct after allegedly being involved in a fight with his fiancee, Michi Nogami-Campbell. Marshall was released on a $300 bond.[50] The charges were dropped the following day.[51]


More than one girl friend, bud.

Oh,BTW, I am a lifelong Bears fan who remembers well the beating that they handed Y.A. Tittle in winning the 1963 NFL Title and who has lived in the Denver area for most of the last 30 years and followed the Broncos careers of the likes of Morton, Elway and Cutler.

Marshall was charged with Domestic Violence, not Domestic Battery or assult. Domestic Violence is the lesser charge of the three, it usually means thier was an argument that was intense, and that one person got scared or felt threatened. The charge came not because he hit his girlfriend , it came because he stopped a cab she was in from leaving. So he actually didn't beat his girlfriend. Also you may want to consider that this incident happened shortly after Darrent Williams a friend of Marshalls was shot and killed in front of him just a couple months prior. Not to excuse his behavior but he didn't beat his wife and he was probably not in the best frame of mind at the time it happened.

This has also been reported.

"According to an article published in the Rocky Mountain News on July 28, 2008, Douglas County deputies fielded "about 11" calls to Marshall's home since January 2006. The article stated that one call resulted in Marshall being arrested (the March 26, 2007 domestic dispute), and some did not involve him at all."

Their have also been claims that his girlfriend is a bit of a nut job.

While I don't want to excuse his problems he has never been prosecuted for violence outside of a disorderly conduct charge that occured in college. Most college students could be charged with that on any given night. He was a drunk kid get that got in an argument with a cop, he didn't actually hurt anyone though. Getting in a verbal argument and beating someone are two different things. If you want to talk about the law go for it, but at least try to learn what you are talking about instead of accusing people of doing things they never did. Punching someone is different than standing in front of a cab.

The guy has issues for sure but he is not getting suspended or convicted of anything. That says something right their. People tend to get scared when a big guy starts yelling. But does that make him a criminal? A change may be the best thing for him, it has often been known to help out people, and usually does not make them worse.

Brendan just wiped his backside with bronco country's sorry excuse for a post! Nice way to use facts to turn out yet another bronco fan unhappy with their team's continued DOWNWARD SPIRAL. GO BEARS!!

Marshall and Burress although physical talents at WR they truly will be not a positive in the locker room. The team seems to have a chemistry to it and has adequate talent to win. Plaxico, although a physical presence will still beg out of practice like he did weekly with the Giants and what a lame brain to carry a concealed weapon into a crowded area, someone could have been killed. I don't think either one in the big picture would be good for the BEARs.

The Donkey's picking up Brandon Lloyd truly indicates how desperate this team is. Lloyd has failed in every city he has played.

Joe, I like the comments although I would prefer to have the extra receiver rather than tight end.

"For all you Bears fans (I am too) who have heard since the dawn of time that "it's not fair to judge Ron Turner because he is doing the best with what he has", i think that excuse has run it's course. We have a probowl QB, above average HB, above average TE, solid OL and the receivers are the only glaring weakness. Guess what, McNabb had diddly squat for years in Philly and they had a great offense year in and year out."

It's a legitimate excuse, not a made up one. The Bears have consistently had one of the lowest offensive talent levels of all NFL teams while Turner has been the offensive coordinator. When he had a decent QB in 1995 he put a top offense on the field. And in 2006 not only did he put a top 10 offense on the field with a lousy QB, he also didn't have any receiver talent aside from a good No. 2 trying to be a No. 1, and was forced to take playing time away from Thomas Jones in order to play a wasted draft pick.

"Guess what, McNabb had diddly squat for years in Philly and they had a great offense year in and year out. "

Ever heard of Brian Westbrook? Some people say he's the best all round offensive player in the league. Philadelphia also has a very good offensive line. And their offenses were not great, just good. They're basically a defensive team. But most important, they have Donovan McNabb. Quarterback is the single most important position, so having a good one goes a long way toward having a good offense.

I don't get you Turner haters. My dad is one and he usually knows a lot about the game. When you don't give a coach any talent, you can't expect any results. Unless there are some serious injuries this season, the Bear offense will be very good under Ron Turner, maybe even near the top if the Bears get good receiver play or acquire a good veteran receiver or two. Be concerned about the defense as you mentioned, that's the big issue for the Bears this season. If the defense doesn't improve a lot over the past two seasons, the Bears aren't going any farther than the first round of the playoffs (if they even get there), no matter how good the offense is.

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