Key deadline approaching for Panthers CB Marshall

Posted June 04, 2010 @ 2:04 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

Panthers CB Richard Marshall has yet to sign his restricted free-agent tender for $1.759 million, but he'll likely do so before June 15, which is when Carolina can reduce its offer to 110 percent of his 2009 base salary. In that event, the tender would shrink to $583,000. Marshall stayed away from the team's offseason activities until May 24 and was hoping the Panthers would offer him a long-term contract. Sensing that the offer wasn't coming, the fifth-year veteran signed an injury protection waiver and reported to voluntary OTAs. Marshall has been a dependable contributor for the Panthers and tied for the team lead in interceptions (four) last season, which was his first as a full-time starter. Carolina has not shown interest in giving long-term deals to any of its players this offseason, though, and Marshall has said he's not angry with the club. While there may not be any bad blood brewing, it would be no surprise if 2010 is Marshall's last season with the Panthers.

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