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Packers free agency rumors: Is Broncos LB Brandon Marshall a target?

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Could the Green Bay Packers find their long-sought answer at inside linebacker through free agency? Perhaps, at least according to ESPN's Ed Werder, who tweeted that the team, as well as the division-rival Chicago Bears, may have interest in Denver Broncos free-agent linebacker Brandon Marshall.

Because Marshall has only accrued three season in the NFL, he doesn't qualify for full free agency. Instead, the Broncos have tendered him a the second-round level, meaning Green Bay or anyone else interested in the linebacker would have to part with a second-round pick to acquire him. General manager Ted Thompson is loath to relinquish draft picks of any kind, let alone a Day 2 selection. However, perhaps he feels Marshall can outperform any of the off-ball linebackers the team could find at that point in the draft.

Though not officially a report, Werder has as many connections as just about anyone covering the NFL. If he thinks the Packers have interest in Marshall, it stands to reason that he may have heard something over the last few weeks. Accordingly, keep and eye on the linebacker during the upcoming free-agency period.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an NFL writer for SB Nation and Sports on Earth and is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.