LB Brandon Marshall, Broncos agree to 4-year, $32M extension

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall said all along he believed contract negotiations would "work out," and they have, to the tune of a four-year, $32 million extension.

Marshall walked out of the Broncos' suburban Denver complex shortly after Tuesday's practice with a wide smile on his face. The deal, which begins in 2017, includes a $10 million signing bonus, $15 million fully guaranteed and $20 million in potential guarantees overall.

"He's a guy that came here in 2013 and was on Jacksonville's practice squad and just worked his tail off," said John Elway, the Broncos' executive vice president of football operations/general manager. "We know what kind of defense that we've had, and he's been a big part of that. ... He's really just scratched the surface of what he could do as far as a linebacker."

Marshall will play the coming season under the amount of his restricted free-agent tender of $2.553 million. The Broncos had turned their attention to possible extensions for Marshall and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders after Von Miller and his representatives turned down a six-year, $114.5 million contract last week.

The Broncos made it clear throughout the offseason they wanted to get a deal done with Marshall, who led the team in tackles in 2014 and was second on the team in tackles last season, but that they had to put together something for Miller first.

When asked if Marshall's deal impacted negotiations with Miller, Elway said quickly: "No."

Marshall was a restricted free agent and did not sign his one-year tender for $2.553 million. He has, however, participated in the team's offseason program after surgeries to remove 1½ screws from his foot and repair a ligament in his index finger. He and the Broncos agreed to a waiver that would cover Marshall if he were injured.

Marshall was cut by Jacksonville three times before he landed on Broncos' practice squad in 2013. He was signed to Denver's active roster on Dec. 24, 2013, and has been on active roster since.

"I will earn every penny,'' Marshall said. "[Cut] three times, twice in one week ... all of that ran through my mind [Tuesday]."

Marshall has enjoyed a good stretch. In an eight-day span, he has gone to The White House with his teammates, spoken at his high school's graduation ceremony in Las Vegas, run his first football camp, gotten his Super Bowl 50 ring, and finally, on Tuesday, signed his contract.

"Whatever anybody says about me, good or bad, I've always believed in myself," Marshall said. "I've always known where I could go. I've had that drive and determination. I've always just worked."