Late For Work 1/29: Broncos Expected to Trade Marshall

Plus Pro Bowl hijinks, the AFC North All-Decade team, final position grades and Super Bowl performers.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Friday, January 29th, 2010 at 9:01 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Broncos Expected To Trade Marshall

The Denver Broncos are expected to trade receiver Brandon Marshall soon after March 5, when the NFL’s trading and free-agency period opens, according to the Denver Post.

“In what are most likely his final days of playing football while wearing a Broncos’ helmet, wide receiver Brandon Marshall is healthy and happy,” Mike Klis of the Post said. “And conspicuously quiet.”

After the AFC Pro Bowl team’s first practice, where he showed no favoritism toward a controversial hamstring injury that brought a premature end to his 2009 season, Marshall didn’t have any comments for the media.

“I’m not talking,” Marshall said. “I’ve had enough publicity.”

We’ve debated this ad nauseam, already.  The Ravens could use a big-framed, strong playmaker like Marshall, but a history of off-field problems and clashes with management are red flags when considering his high price tag.

Cribbs Goes Bananas On McClain

When Browns receiver Josh Cribbs wants a banana, just give the man a banana. Is that so hard?

Le’Ron McClain had two bananas on the way to the AFC’s Pro Bowl practice, one of which caught Cribbs’ eye. McClain claims he didn’t hear the request to share because he had head phones in his ears, but that doesn’t help Cribbs’ stomach much.

This video that Cribbs filmed with one of NFL.com’s cameras is what ensued when he approached McClain about the banana snub. When Le’Ron’s excuses didn’t fly, he offered an orange. But, clearly it is potassium, not Vitamin C, that Cribbs desires.

Man, you’d think Josh would be in a better mood. After all, he’s said contract negotiations with the Browns have become more positive with new team president Mike Holmgren in town.

Check out the funny video.

And here are two more from Pro Bowl practices: “Thirty-Three Le’Ron’s Belly” (Ray Rice Wired) and “Coming to America” (Ray Lewis Wired).

AFC North All-Decade Team

James Walker and ESPN have put together an AFC North All-Decade Team, and here are the Ravens that made the list.

Running backs: Jamal Lewis
Tight End: Todd Heap
Offensive line: OT Jonathan Ogden
Specialists: K Matt Stover
Linebackers: ILB Ray Lewis, OLB Terrell Suggs
Defensive backs: CB Chris McAlister, S Ed Reed

Secondary and Special Teams Grades

Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun continued his final season grades by position. He gave the secondary a C- while wondering if the unit would have performed better if it was healthy. The special teams corps received a C, noting penalties, bad snaps and inconsistencies hurt its performance in 2009.

Carrie Underwood, Queen Latifah to Perform Before Super Bowl XLIV

sarah-underwoodThe NFL announced that country singer Carrie Underwood will perform the National Anthem and actress/recording artist Queen Latifah will sing America the Beautiful before the championship game in Miami on Feb. 7.

Have I mentioned how much I love Carrie Underwood? My mom and I are pretty much the reasons why she won American Idol, Season 4. Yes, we are those people who keep hitting redial to log as many votes as possible.

Don’t worry, I was sure to inform Carrie the reason why she won when I met her a few years ago at the Castle in Owings Mills. And we’ve pretty much been BFF’s ever since.

Can’t you tell…?

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