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Pro Bowl receiver to Ravens?

It has been rumored that the Ravens are interested in trading for disgruntled Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

Without citing a source, Pro Football Talk reported that "rumors are flying in some circles that Marshall could land in Baltimore."

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Wide receiver has been considered a weak area for the Ravens, who had trade talks for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin two months ago. According to the Associated Press, Marshall has requested a trade and walked out of a Friday meeting with Broncos owner Pat Bowlen with several boxes of belongings. The Pro Bowl wide receiver didn't speak with reporters as he drove out of the team's parking lot.

The Ravens balked at trading first- and third-round picks for Boldin two months ago because that would be too steep to give up for a wide receiver who turns 29 during the season. Marshall is younger (25) and is a bigger target (6 feet 4, 230 pounds) than Boldin.

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In his past two seasons, Marshall has caught over 100 passes and surpassed 1,200 yards receiving.

But there is baggage with Marshall. He faces a trial later this summer on two misdemeanor battery charges stemming from an altercation with his former girlfriend. The result of the case could subject Marshall to punishment under the NFL's personal conduct policy.

Nicknamed "the Beast," Marshall was a fourth-round pick out of Central Florida in 2006.


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