Broncos' Marshall returns to practice still longing for a different contract

August 16, 2009
photo - Quarterback Kyle Orton had to be happy to get Brandon Marshall back on the practice field. Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Quarterback Kyle Orton had to be happy to get Brandon Marshall back on the practice field. Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 

ENGLEWOOD • In between being found not guilty on a misdemeanor battery charge in Atlanta last week, Denver Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall said he talked to Falcons receiver Roddy White.

White, who like Marshall is entering his fourth year, received what Marshall hasn’t yet: a new contract. Marshall, who will make about $2.2 million this year, is unhappy with his contract situation. White was as well, before the Falcons gave him a six-year, $50 million deal about a week ago.

“He was a guy who worked hard,” said Marshall, who returned to practice Sunday from a hamstring injury suffered on Aug. 2. “He paid his dues the past two years, put up some big numbers. He deserved to get paid and he did.”

Marshall has put up better numbers than White the past two years (206 catches, 2,590 yards and 13 touchdowns for Marshall, 169 catches, 2,584 yards and 13 touchdowns for White). Marshall has a clean slate after last week’s trial verdict, but wouldn’t guess if the team will reconsider a contract extension for him.

“I don’t know what they’re thinking,” Marshall said. “I just need to get back out here and stay healthy and just get back into football shape.”

Marshall saw plenty of time with the first-team offense in his first practice back from injury, but said he was disappointed with himself upon his return. He’ll need some time to get back into game shape, he admitted, but coach Josh McDaniels indicated Marshall would play in Saturday’s preseason game at Seattle.

“I hope so,” McDaniels said.

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