What bugs him is the way the Denver Broncos handled his acquittal on misdemeanor battery charges last week.
Marshall said Wednesday in his first public comments about the matter that he was miffed a member of the team's public relations staff told his teammates not to gloat over the wide receiver's acquittal in an Atlanta courtroom on Friday.
Marshall was told the staffer was acting on his own in an attempt to be sensitive, but the wide receiver believes the directive came from higher in the organization and he suggested the episode fostered distrust between him and the Broncos.
There's a hazard that this latest imbroglio could lead to an irreparable rift between the team and Marshall, who's already unhappy that the Broncos haven't reworked his contract or traded him.
"Unfortunately, I think it gets to that point," Marshall said. "There are trust issues on both sides. It's understandable. We've got to try our best to move forward."
Trust issues were at the root of the offseason quarterback predicament that ended with Pro Bowl passer Jay Cutler being traded out of Denver after first-year coach Josh McDaniels considered acquiring former pupil Matt Cassel from the New England Patriots. Cassel ended up with the Kansas City Chiefs, Cutler was sent to the Chicago Bears and Kyle Orton came to the Broncos.
Marshall, who's set to make $2.2 million this season, had hoped the verdict in his trial would give him leverage for a new contract, and his agent, Kennard McGuire, met with McDaniels on Monday. Both men have declined to say whether McGuire again asked for a big raise or, barring that, a trade, and Marshall also sidestepped the question.
"From Day 1, I never asked the Broncos for more money, and that's from the summertime," Marshall said. "The biggest thing was I really disappointed that ... on one of the best days for the past three years of my life, some of my teammates were (told), 'Don't say you're happy for Brandon.' I felt like we need to sit down with the guys upstairs and try to figure out what's really going on."
So Marshall and his lawyer, Harvey Steinberg, met with Broncos chief operating officer Joe Ellis, who apologized to the wide receiver.
The Broncos have declined to discuss their side of the story, saying it's an internal issue.
"Some things you can't control," McDaniels said Wednesday when asked about Marshall's reaction. "That situation, we feel like we've tried to handle it the best we could after something like that came out. (We're) trying to get everybody's mind back on football and focus on practice and what we have to do to get ready for Seattle (in Saturday night's preseason game)."
Marshall made it clear when training camp started that he wasn't happy in Denver anymore, but he said Wednesday that he had started to come around before hearing about the staffer's admonition.
"I thought we were moving past that, and it was just Friday when players were coached to say they weren't happy for me, so it's tough," Marshall said. "It's tough."
"In that meeting with ownership, it was told to me that they'll do their best to accommodate me with that wish, and I'm still here," Marshall said. "I'm a Bronco, and all I can do is try my best to get in the best football shape and be that player I was the last three years."
Marshall said he has no ill effects from his hip operation or the hamstring he pulled early in camp, but he's way behind on the Broncos' new playbook, which prevents him from taking snaps with the starting offense.
Marshall insisted that he didn't mind running with the scout team, though, suggesting: "I really want to take those reps and go against Champ Bailey, (Andre') Goodman and (Brian) Dawkins and those guys, so I'm just taking advantage of the talent we have on the defense."
However, Bailey and Dawkins weren't at practice Wednesday.
Marshall also ran exclusively with the scout team in the evening practice Wednesday, when he imitated Seahawks wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh for the Broncos' defense. Marshall never shed his orange scout-team jersey to run any of the Broncos' offensive plays even though he acknowledged he was "not close at all" to mastering McDaniels' offense and added that he needed plenty of work there.
"You can't go out there and take reps with the 1s if you don't know what you're doing out there," Marshall said. "I've got to do my best to catch up in the playbook."
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