Broncos' Marshall Met With Goodell

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall was summoned to New York last week to chat with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell concerning his string of off-the-field legal troubles.

Mike Shanahan hopes the conversation sank in.

"You're always concerned anytime the commissioner calls you in to have a meeting. It's not a good sign," the Denver coach said yesterday on the eve of training camp. "If it's not a wake-up call, then he won't be in the National Football League."

Marshall attended the meeting with attorney Harvey Steinberg and Broncos wideout Rod Smith, who officially announced his retirement yesterday.

Smith has been serving as a mentor for the 24-year-old receiver, who is coming off a 102-catch season.

"I care about him a lot," Smith said. "Once he gets to the point where he can get some inner peace in his life, you're going to see numbers that dwarf anybody else."

The league had no comment on Marshall's meeting with Goodell. The gathering was first reported in yesterday's Denver Post.

Marshall has been arrested three times in the past year. He is due in court in September for a trial on a drunken driving arrest from October 2007. The Broncos expect to hear back from the league about a possible suspension as soon as next week.

Smith, 38, has been on the reserve/retired list since February and has had two hip operations in the past year and a half. He is the franchise's career leader in every major receiving category and was an important contributor to Denver's consecutive Super Bowl championship teams in 1998 and '99.

ยท PACKERS: With quarterback Brett Favre considering playing again and locked in a standoff with Packers management about his future in football, Mark Murphy, the team's president and chief executive, acknowledged a ceremony to retire the three-time MVP's jersey might have to be postponed.

"We have not made a decision yet on whether to cancel it," Murphy said after the Packers' annual shareholders meeting at Lambeau. "But we're coming up to a point where we're going to have to make a decision pretty quickly."

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