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Marshall plans to be at training camp, but future with Broncos is uncertain

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Despite previously stating that he wants to be traded, Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall said he plans to be in training camp with the Denver Broncos when the team reports on July 30.

"As of right now, I am still under contract," Marshall said Thursday when he was a guest on NFL Network's NFL Total Access. "I have a wedding to prepare for, so I'm definitely going to show up, and I'm not going to let them take no money (in fines)."

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Marshall met with Broncos owner Pat Bowlen in June and requested a trade because of unhappiness with his contract. Marshall, who has posted consecutive 100-catch seasons, is scheduled to make $2.2 million in 2009.

While Marshall admitted there was more to his trade request than just receiving a new contract, he walked a fine line when it came to talking about his long-term future with the Broncos.

"I don't think it'll be fair for me to sit up here and to kind of bash the organization or the things that we've been trying to keep behind closed doors," Marshall said.

During an offseason in which the Broncos fired coach Mike Shanahan and shipped disgruntled Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears, Marshall said he's focused on the business aspect of the game.

"It really shows you that you're going to play the game for why you started it, but at the same time, you have to secure you and your family," Marshall said.

Even with all the changes in Denver since the end of last season, Marshall said the Broncos are buying into new coach Josh McDaniels' system. Marshall also had high praise for new starting quarterback Kyle Orton, whom the Broncos acquired from the Bears in the Cutler trade.

"Kyle Orton's actually a great quarterback, and I think he'll be able to accomplish some things with the guys that the Broncos have around him," Marshall said without mentioning himself as part of the equation.

With training camp just two weeks away, Marshall said he expects his surgically repaired hip to be fully healthy. But when asked to predict whether or not he would wear No. 15 for the Broncos in 2009, Marshall playfully responded, "I'm definitely going to be wearing
No. 15."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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