Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Brandon Marshall

By Adam Schefter

The Denver Broncos are trading wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the
Miami Dolphins for a second-round pick in next week's NFL draft and
what league sources say is an additional second-round pick in 2011.

The trade is contingent upon the league processing the paperwork and
Marshall passing his physical, neither of which is expected to be an
issue on Wednesday.

Marshall is scheduled to fly to Miami to take his physical and, if he
passes, sign what will be one of the most lucrative wide receiver
deals in NFL history, according to league sources. In return, the
Broncos will get two high draft picks for a player who caused them
headaches in addition to making plays.

In little more than one year, with a pair of blockbuster trades,
Denver has recouped two first-round picks, two second-round picks, a
third-round pick and quarterback Kyle Orton in exchange for Jay Cutler
and Marshall.

The Broncos now head into next Thursday's draft armed with three picks
in the top two rounds, but with a big hole fill at wide receiver.
Marshall caught 101 passes for 1,120 yards and 10 touchdowns last
season. He has 327 career receptions for 4,019 yards and 25 touchdowns
in four seasons, all in Denver.

The trade also shakes things up in the AFC East, as Miami will match
and arguably top the deal the New York Jets made earlier this week,
when they traded a fifth-round draft pick for talented but troubled
Steelers recevier Santonio Holmes.

Marshall is one of the game's best young wide receivers, a mercurial
talent at the position Miami needed help at most. He is in the prime
of his career. But like Holmes, he also brings a reputation of being
difficult to handle and a legal record that has him one strike from a
year-long suspension.

Once Marshall signed his $2.5 million tender with the Broncos on
Tuesday, it freed Denver to begin shopping him. Miami was hot after
Marshall, as was Seattle. Tampa Bay showed some interest and even the
Jets considered making a play for Marshall before their deal for
Holmes, according to sources.

Adam Schefter is an ESPN NFL Insider.

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This trade is great for the Dolphins use of Ted Ginn!

In two WR sets, you have Marshall on one side, and Hartline on the other. Ginn wouldn't have been in this set usually anyways as he's not man enough to be a good blocker. So if we hadn't traded for Marshall, either Camarillo or Bess would have been the WR opposite Hartline.

But in 3 and 4 WR sets, you now can put Marshall on one side and Ginn on the other and now the defense has to decide which to double. The other is now single covered with Camarillo and/or Bess playing the one or two slot positions.

A match up nightmare for the secondaries.