Brandon Marshall may be having second thoughts about leaving the Broncos.
"I don't know if I would call it second thoughts," Marshall told the Denver Post. "Last year I handled things totally wrong. I just looked at the business side of things and took things too personally. This year I'm going to remove myself from the situation and let the Broncos decide the direction we're going to go in as an organization."
The question is, now that Bears general manager Jerry Angelo knows the team must improve next season for him to keep his job, might he be more willing to take a chance on a player such as Marshall?
Marshall was was quarterback Jay Cutler's favorite target with the Broncos and the Bears are in need of a No. 1 receiver, especially now that Mike Martz has been hire to coordinate the offense. Martz uses so many multiple receiver formations that the Bears need receivers more than ever even after several younger players showed promise, especially late in the season.
Whether or not he remains in Denver may not be Marshall's decision to make. After protesting his contract situation by holding out from a mandatory minicamp last offseason, and being suspended for "detrimental" conduct during training camp, he concentrated on his play and caught 101 passes in 15 games before trouble struck again.
He injured his hamstring the Wednesday before the final game of the season and was deactivated for the season finale after showing up 20 minutes late for treatment.
After all that, coach Josh McDaniels may not want Marshall back despite another Pro Bowl season, which will only lead to more speculation that he could wind up in Chicago. Marshall is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason. He will be a restricted free agent if next season is uncapped, as is expected.
It's doubtful the Broncos will sign him to a long-term deal. They could sign him and then trade him to another team, which is the most likely scenario for moving the controversial receiver.
"Learning from last year and last offseason, I approached things unprofessional," Marshall told the Post. "This offseason I'm just going to go with the flow and just go in whatever direction the Broncos want to go."