DENVER (CBS4) — CBS4’s Michael Spencer confirmed Friday morning the Denver Broncos informed Brandon Marshall, the team’s starting inside linebacker since 2014, that the team intends to release him.
Marshall will be allowed to seek employment this spring with other NFL teams via free agency.
Marshall signed a 4 year, $32,000,000 contract with the Broncos following Denver’s victory over Carolina in Super Bowl 50 in 2016. He was scheduled to make $6.5 million in base salary in 2019 and $7 million base salary in 2020, the last year of the current contract.
However, Marshall suffered a foot injury in 2016 and a knee injury last year. His missed fives games each season due to those setbacks.
Outside of his play on the field, Marshall was notable for taking a knee during the national anthem in 2016 in support of social justice issues, namely the injuries or deaths of black people across the country during encounters with police officers.
Marshall met with then-Denver Police Chief Robert White later that year to address concerns about those issues. Marshall also spent time in a police tactics simulator in an effort to better understand the role of police.
Marshall was also active in the community. He partnered with the Broncos to launch the FEEL Movement (Feed & Educate to Empower Leaders) last year.