On the radar: Richard Marshall

A player, coach or issue that should be on your radar as training camp approaches.

Cornerback Richard Marshall has been back working out with the Carolina Panthers this week, but that doesn’t mean his contract situation has been resolved.

The only thing Marshall has signed is an injury protection agreement that would make sure he gets paid if he’s injured during these workouts. Marshall has not signed his tender as a restricted free agent and he sure hasn’t signed the long-term contract he’s seeking.

But Marshall said he plans to sign the $1.8 million tender in the next few weeks. He doesn’t have much of choice but to do it before June 15, when the Panthers can reduce the tender.

Coming off a decent first season as a starter, Marshall doesn’t have all that much leverage on a team that just isn’t giving contract extensions right now. Owner Jerry Richardson has made it clear that he’s not locking anyone up until the labor situation is resolved, and established players like DeAngelo Williams and Jon Beason are well ahead of Marshall in the line for contract extensions.

Marshall’s best shot at getting the long-term deal he wants is to sign his tender, stay quiet and go out and have a strong season. If the labor situation gets resolved, two seasons as a solid starter will give Marshall a lot more negotiating power than just one.