According to Mike Klis of 9News, Broncos restricted free agent LB Brandon Marshall is considering holding out of the team’s offseason program for a new contract.
Neither Marshall nor his agent Drew Rosenhaus would comment on whether he’ll take part in offseason workouts.
Assuming Marshall does, in fact, hold out, he would have until June 15 before the Broncos would have the option to re-tender him a contract at a drastically reduced salary of $643,500.
Denver elected to use a second-round tender on Marshall that will cost them $2.553 million for the 2016 season. However, they would recoup a second-round pick if he receives an offer sheet from another team, and they don’t match the offer.
There was some speculation that Marshall could still draw interest from teams like the Dolphins, even after being tendered at the second-round level, but there has been no indication that anyone is seriously considering signing him to an offer sheet.
Marshall, 26, is a former fifth-round pick of the Jaguars back in 2012. However, he lasted just over a year in Jacksonville before he was waived at the start of the 2013 season and later signed to the Broncos practice squad.
In 2015, Marshall appeared in all 16 games and recorded 102 tackles, 1.5 sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles and four pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 12 linebacker out of 97 qualifying players.