Broncos LB Brandon Marshall explains what it’ll take to keep him in Denver

Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall wants to stay with the Broncos, but he also wants to get paid.
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Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall is set to become a restricted free agent, and he outlined a few things he hopes to obtain this offseason.

It’s never easy for a Super Bowl champion to retain all of their free agents, but at least on the surface, Marshall seems poised to keep the Broncos atop his wish list.

Via NFL.com:

“I would definitely love my bank account to grow in these next few months – I would love that,” Marshall said on NFL HQ Friday morning. “Me and my agent have been talking, we'll see what happens. But I would love to stay in Denver. I grew up a Broncos fan. I love the Broncos. I love the organization and community, so I'd love to stay in Denver. We'll definitely see what happens.”

The Broncos selected Marshall in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. As a restricted free agent, the Broncos can tag Marshall with an original-round, second-round or first-round tender. This process allows any team to sign Marshall to an offer sheet, but the Broncos have a right of first refusal to match that offer. If the Broncos do not match that offer, they may also receive draft compensation, per NFL.com.

Marshall, 26, is coming off an outstanding 2015 season. He finished with 102 combined tackles, 1.5 sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles and five passes defensed. He also graded out as Pro Football Focus’ fifth-best inside linebacker.

The Broncos have an estimated $7.4 million in salary cap space, per OverTheCap.com. They also have other unrestricted and restricted free agents to worry about, including key contributors like Von Miller, Malik Jackson, Evan Mathis, Brock Osweiler, C.J. Anderson and Danny Trevathan.