Ravens may explore trade for Broncos' Marshall
"Two NFL sources said the Baltimore Ravens may revisit the idea of trading for unhappy Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall(notes) if veteran Derrick Mason(notes) doesn't return from his sudden retirement.
This comes after the Ravens were unsuccessful in getting veteran Drew Bennett(notes) to return. Bennett passed a physical last week, but then complained about an old knee injury before deciding to not play.
Bennett's decision and Mason's retirement earlier this month have left the Ravens in a lurch at wide receiver. The Ravens think Mason's retirement was partly a ploy to help get more money from the team. (Mason had asked to renegotiate his deal earlier in the offseason.)
"The Ravens need a real receiver; they always have," one league source said. "They got by last season with Mason and [Mark] Clayton because the running game was good and the defense was awesome. It was the usual formula. But they have to get somebody in there or the window is going to close on the [Ray] Lewis Era.
"Plus, they have to help out [second-year quarterback Joe] Flacco.""