For some time now, the Broncos have sent out signals that explosive yet troubled wide receiver Brandon Marshall is on the trading block.
Today, they made that point blatantly clear.
The Broncos have placed just the first-round tender on their 25-year-old wideout, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The move is a clear indication that Denver is willing to let Marshall walk.
If the Broncos wanted to keep Marshall in the Mile High City, they probably would have given him the top tender, as San Diego recently did with wide receivers Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd.
Doing so would have required another team to give up both first and third-round picks as compensation if they wanted to bring Marshall aboard.
Because the Broncos chose to give Marshall a lower tender, he is more attractive to the rest of the league, as teams would only need to give up a first-rounder as compensation.
There is also the possibility that the Broncos would be willing to trade Marshall's rights, in which case another team could be required to give up less than a first-rounder.
Cue the "Marshall to the Ravens" rumors, headlines, tweets, etc. The Ravens have been linked to Marshall before; this move will likely bring that talk to a new level.