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
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
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.