Harbaugh Addresses Marshall Rumors
The Ravens are often the subject of rumors involving potentially available wide receivers, and it's not hard to see why. Their leading pass-catcher in 2008, Derrick Mason, is still struggling after offseason shoulder surgery -- and he was the only player on the team to catch more than 41 balls last year (80 for 1,037 yards). Their third most-productive WR, Demetrius Williams, missed nine games, and three of Baltimore's top seven receivers were running backs.
Heck, the team's eighth-leading "receiver" was quarterback Joe Flacco, who caught one ball for 43 yards.
So the need is there. But, based on comments made by Baltimore coach John Harburgh on Tuesday, Marshall might not be a great fit.
"Their background matters," Harbaugh said. "Any player we bring in is going to be a man of integrity and will be someone who is going to be respected in the locker room. We're never going to compromise on that."
Harbaugh refused to specifically address Marshall in-depth -- stating "We're interested in anybody that can help our team, (but) he plays for the Broncos and he's under contract. He's not a guy that we're concerned with right now." -- but his comment about players' backgrounds seems fairly targeted.
Marshall has four arrests to his credit in the past five years, and will go to trial this summer for two misdemeanor battery charges. He also faces a possible suspension from the league.
Given Harbaugh's remarks, it's hard to image the Ravens breaking the bank for Marshall. Whether or not their lack of depth at the receiver position is enough to change Harbaugh's mind remains to be seen.