Brandon Marshall Is Now the Miami Dolphins’ Problem
After months of speculation and a full season and a half of being a malcontent, wide receiver Brandon Marshall was finally traded Wednesday morning from the Denver Broncos to the Miami Dolphins. Adam Schefter of ESPN says Denver will receive a second-round pick in this year’s draft as well as a second-round pick in the 2011 draft as compensation. While Marshall didn’t net Denver a first-round pick, the pair of second-rounders is quite a haul. Compare the two second-rounders to what the Steelers received for Santonio Holmes — just a fifth-round pick for a guy a step below Marshall on the receiver totem pole. I would be quite pleased if I were running the Broncos.
While Denver made a nice deal, they have to make the trade worthwhile by translating the picks into serious players. In two seasons they have traded their two offensive Pro Bowlers so they better have something to show for it. On the other side, with the price Miami paid in draft picks for Marshall, one has to assume they plan on signing him long-term; you don’t give up that much for a rent-a-player in the NFL. Bill Parcells must know something I don’t because I don’t trust a guy who kicks balls around the practice field, screams he hates Denver, and puts his arm through a TV by slipping on a McDonald’s bag. He’ll make them better but he’s one risky proposition for a long-term deal, that’s for sure.