While neither team would publicly acknowledge any discussions about Marshall, a league source familiar with the situation told Newsday yesterday that "a trade appears highly unlikely."
Newsday reported yesterday that the Jets have an interest in Marshall, who is currently under suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said Wednesday that no discussions currently are taking place regarding the receiver.
However, the NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora reported Wednesday that the Jets called the Broncos to explore the situation. McDaniels told the Jets that the Broncos are intent on keeping Marshall, the network reported.
"We're looking forward to having Brandon back on Sept. 6 and starting our preparations for Cincinnati with him," McDaniels told reporters, referring to the date that Marshall is eligible to return to the active roster. "There [are] no discussions whatsoever taking place between the Denver Broncos and any team in the NFL regarding Brandon Marshall."
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Marshall is in the final year of his contract and is scheduled to make $2.2 million in 2009. He has asked the team to either renegotiate his contract to reflect market value for the NFL's top receivers or trade him. The Broncos have done neither, and don't appear in any rush to do anything.
Not that Denver is completely unwilling to deal the receiver; indications are the team's asking price is first- and fourth-round draft picks. ESPN reported Wednesday that Denver would want Jets linebacker David Harris in any trade scenario. That could be a prohibitively high price for any receiver, especially one with Marshall's off-field baggage.
The Jets, while publicly expressing confidence in their current corps of receivers, previously were open to the idea of signing former Giants receiver Plaxico Burress. Once it became clear Burress' legal troubles would seriously jeopardize his chances of playing, the Jets backed off.
Marshall is one of the NFL's top receivers, coming off his second straight season in which he caught more than 100 passes. However, he has had several off-field issues. Since coming out of the University of Central Florida in 2006, Marshall has been arrested four times. Last month, an Atlanta jury cleared him on two misdemeanor battery charges, stemming from an arrest in March 2008 after an argument with his girlfriend. The NFL had suspended Marshall for the first three games of 2008, but reduced it to one on appeal.
Marshall underwent offseason surgery on his left hip, and then pulled out of the Broncos' early training camp workouts because of soreness in the hip. It is not clear whether Marshall is completely healthy.
The Broncos suspended Marshall for the team's final two preseason games after a series of run-ins. During warm-ups last week, Marshall walked while the rest of the team ran. He then punted a ball away from a ball boy instead of handing it to him. And he swatted down a pass thrown to him. His actions were caught on video and broadcast by a local television station.
Notes & quotes: The Jets signed blocking tight end Ben Hartsock, a six-year veteran who was released by the Falcons earlier in the week . . . Punter Glenn Pakulak, who was originally signed last Friday and didn't appear in Saturday's game against the Giants, was waived.