The Denver Broncos have finally unloaded WR Brandon Marshall, trading him to the Miami Dolphins for a second-round pick this season and what is thought to be an additional second-round seclection in 2011.
The trade is contingent upon the league processing the paper work and Marshall passing his physical, neither of which is expected to be an issue 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. It is the type of contract that an unhappy Marshall had been seeking in recent years. Miami will provide it, making Marshall very happy.
What the Broncos will receive in return is something of a windfall in these NFL times. This off-season, Holmes went to the Jets for a fifth-round pick, wide receiver Anquan Boldin went to the Ravens for essentially for a third-round pick, and quarterback Donovan McNabb went to the Redskins for a second- and conditional fourth-round pick. Denver got fair, and possibly better than, market value.
Denver now heads into next Thursday’s draft armed with three picks in the top two rounds – but with another hole to fill at wide receiver. Still, it has the ammunition it needs to continue to remake and improve its roster.
I love seeing Marshall leave the division, but the Broncos got quite the haul. It’s amazing to think that the Dolphins were willing to part with 2 second-round picks along with handing out one of the biggest contracts in the league.
If I had a choice between Marshall for 2 second-round picks or Boldin for one second round pick and a smaller contract, it’s a no brainer that I would go with the former Cardinals receiver.