Broncos RFA LB Brandon Marshall mentioned during an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio on Tuesday that he’s comfortable playing out the 2016 season under his restricted tag and testing the open market next year.
“I have no problem playing the deal out, I have no problem with doing that,” Marshall said. “But I do want to be here long-term, so that’s what I’m working towards, but I have no problem playing it out.”
Marshall added that talks between the two parties are “going well” and he wants to remain in Denver.
“Things are going well. I love it here, I want to be here, which is why I’m showing up,” Marshall said. “I just want to get my deal done, as far as like, I just want to be with my team, really. And I’m not really worried about the whole deal. I know that my agent will handle that and the team will handle their business.”
Marshall is the last remaining restricted free agent who has yet to sign their one-year tender.
There was some talk early on that Marshall could generate interest from prospective teams, despite the fact that the Broncos used a second-round tender on him. However, there hasn’t been any serious interest in him since free agency opened several months ago.
The second-round tender will run the Broncos $2.553 million for the 2016 season, but won’t prevent them from working on a long-term extension that will keep him from testing the market as an unrestricted free agent in 2017.
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.