Shannon Sharpe said he doesn't expect Brandon Marshall to return to the Broncos next season. The CBS analyst and Hall of Fame finalist also said three teams are interested in trading for Marshall. He did not say which teams would be interested, which begs the question:
Might one be the Bears?
"I know personally there are three teams out there who are going to make a move for Brandon Marshall," Sharpe told the Denver Post.
The Post reports that the Broncos will investigate the possibility of trading Marshall after the Super Bowl despite three straight 100-catch seasons.
Marshall was Jay Cutler's favorite target when they both played in Denver and Cutler could use a receiver with Marshall's talent to run new offensive coordinator Mike Martz's offense.
Marshall said Thursday that he would be open to returning to the Broncos next season despite a drama-filled offseason and season that saw him deactivated for Denver's final game.
The Pro Bowl performer will be a restricted free agent if next season is uncapped, as expected. But the Broncos could sign him and trade him to another team.
Whatever happens, Sharpe doesn't see Marshall playing for the Broncos again.
"Help me understand this: How can a guy catch 21 passes one week and then two weeks later he doesn't even play?" Sharp told the Post. "Once you go there, once you break that communication, once you break that trust, I don't know how you get that back. So Brandon Marshall and Coach (Josh) McDaniels, I don't know how they mend this."