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Ravens interested in Marshall
Posted Jun. 16 at 11:16 PM
Brandon Marshall's agent says the Broncos told him they'd try to accommodate Marshall's desire to be traded, while the Broncos themselves claim they're "looking forward to having Marshall at training camp."
Assuming the agent is speaking the truth -- and Denver's flip-flopping on Jay Cutler a few months back supports that theory -- the Ravens are reportedly interested.
According to The Baltimore Sun's Jamison Hensley, a team source confirms that the Ravens are in fact doing their homework on Marshall. Of the teams seemingly most in need of a big-time wide receiver -- Ravens, Bears, Jets -- Baltimore does seem to make the most sense. The Bears have the least to offer in terms of draft pick compensation, having already given up next year's first-rounder in the Cutler deal, while the Ravens arguably have the greatest need at wideout, given that their No. 1, Derrick Mason, is 35 years old and coming off shoulder surgery. The Jets don't have much behind Jerricho Cotchery, but they've been more frequently linked to Plaxico Burress than the other teams.
Certainly Marshall would be a huge upgrade to a Ravens passing offense ranked just 27th a year ago. He's coming off hip surgery and has a laundry list of off-field incidents that make him a suspension risk, but the Ravens haven't shied away from such players in the past.
Hensley's article can be seen right here.
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