Denver Broncos will not pick up Brandon Marshall’s option
The Denver Broncos have informed linebacker Brandon Marshall that they will not be picking up his option, which will result in him becoming a free agent on March 13, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Had the Broncos exercised Marshall’s option, he would have been set to make $7 million in 2019.
Marshall played in 11 games this past season, registering 42 tackles.
The 29-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Nevada, was originally selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round (142nd pick overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.
He played in just five games for the Jaguars during his rookie campaign, failing to log a tackle.
The Las Vegas native then landed with the Broncos in 2013, where he appeared in just one contest, finishing with three tackles. The following year, however, Marshall became a starter for Denver, playing in 14 games and racking up 119 tackles, two sacks, an interception, a couple of forced fumbles, and nine passes defended.
Then, in 2015, Marshall started all 16 games for the Broncos, registering 101 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a pick, and a pair of forced fumbles.
Injuries limited Marshall to just 11 contests in 2016, as he finished with 52 stops. He then proceeded to play in all 16 games in 2017, totaling 106 tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and a defensive touchdown.
The Broncos are coming off of a season in which they won just six games, marking the first time since 1972 that they posted back-to-back losing campaigns (they went just 7-9 in 2017). Denver has not made the playoffs since the 2015-16 campaign, when it won the Super Bowl.