The Broncos have tendered three exclusive rights free agents, the team announced Friday.
Denver gave one-year tender offers to linebacker Brandon Marshall, offensive tackle Paul Cornick, and guard Ben Garland. Because the three players have three or fewer tenured years in the NFL, they are exclusive rights free agents. Had Denver not tendered them, they would have become unrestricted free agents on Tuesday.
Marshall has been in the NFL for three seasons; he will earn $585,000 in 2015. Cornick and Garland, who have both been in the NFL for one season, will earn $510,000. Because Denver has "exclusive rights," no other teams may make offers to these players.
Most notable among the tendered players is linebacker Brandon Marshall, who led the team with 110 tackles last season. Marshall entered the NFL as a fifth round draft pick by the Jaguars in 2012. He signed with Denver in 2013.
Cornick signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2012. After spending time on New York and Denver's practice squads, Cornick was promoted to Denver's active roster in 2014. He played twelve games for the Broncos last season, used both as a blocking tight end and offensive tackle.
Garland signed with Denver in 2010 as an undrafted free agent and spent two seasons on the team's reserve/military list before making the active roster in 2014. A member of the National Guard, Garland was voted Denver's Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year last season.
After signing their tenders, Marshall, Cornick, and Garland will join their teammates on April 13 to begin offseason workouts. Denver is expected to start training camp in late July.
This story has been updated from a previous version.