Marshall signed a one-year, $4.1 million deal with the Raiders on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Marshall comes to Oakland to form an interesting linebacking corps that otherwise includes Tahir Whitehead and ex-Bengal Vontaze Burfict. However, it's not clear who will take on the primary middle linebacker role in this system, making it hard to guess whether Marshall can return to his 100-tackle ways with the Raiders in 2019. The seven-year pro topped 102 tackles in all three seasons in which he's played at least 14 games.
Marshall has scheduled a visit with the Raiders for Thursday, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports. The Broncos declined to exercise Marshall's contract option for 2019, allowing him to test the waters of free agency. The 29-year-old was banged up through 2018, but is only one season removed from racking up 106 tackles (75 solo), three sacks, one forced fumble and a touchdown. Oakland could completely revamp its linebacking corps by signing Marshall, as they already signed Vontaze Burfict this offseason.
The Broncos told Marshall they won't exercise his contract option for 2019, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Marshall handled most of Denver's defensive snaps through the first seven games of the 2018 campaign, but he never regained his starting job after a Week 8 knee injury led to five consecutive absences. While he's undoubtedly declined from his 2014-15 peak, Marshall is 29 years old and just two seasons removed from a 106-tackle, three-sack campaign as a 16-game starter in 2017. He should at least find a chance to compete for a starting job, while Denver figures to move forward with Josey Jewell and/or an offseason acquisition next to Todd Davis at inside linebacker. It doesn't seem especially likely, but the Broncos haven't ruled out the possibility of re-signing Marshall if he's willing to accept a smaller contract, per Mike Klis of 9News Denver.
Marshall (knee) doesn't possess an injury designation for Monday's game against the Raiders, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. While Marshall was a limited participant both Thursday and Friday, it seemed pretty clear that he would dress for the contest after doing so in Week 15. He should resume his duties as a starting inside linebacker.
Marshall (knee) isn't expected to suit up for Sunday's game versus the 49ers, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports. Marshall was given a questionable tag, but it appears he couldn't shake his injury after he practiced in a limited fashion all week. If he does sit out, expect a mix of Josey Jewell and Joseph Jones to cover Marshall's absence. The final verdict on Marshall's status will come when the inactives report is released at 2:35 ET.
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