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Broncos got fair deal for Marshall

The Broncos weren’t going to pay Brandon Marshall.

Once you start from that point and accept he wasn’t a long-term part of Josh McDaniels’ plan, then it’s fair to say the Broncos did well in their trade with the Dolphins.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Dolphins will send Denver a second-round pick in 2010 and another pick, believed to be their second-rounder in 2011.  With money factored in, second-round picks are gold.

The Ravens gave up a third and fourth-round pick for Anquan Boldin, and got a fifth-rounder back along with the receiver.  Marshall is essentially a younger, healthier, superior version of Boldin, but with far bigger risks off the field.

Santonio Holmes is Marshall’s age and has the off-field risks, but doesn’t match Marshall’s ability.  The Steelers got a fifth-round pick for him.  In light of those deals, the Broncos did well.

Make no mistake; this is a good deal for the Dolphins too.  The Seahawks got caught not being aggressive enough and Miami just handed Chad Henne a true No. 1 receiver.

On pure football ability, there aren’t more than five young receivers in football we’d rather have than Marshall.  Bill Parcells loves physical wideouts and Marshall is a rich man’s Keyshawn Johnson.

Soon enough, Marshall will just be a rich man.

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  1. GoBrowns19 says: Apr 14, 2010 8:47 AM

    Yeah, this is a good deal for both teams. Miami got a need, and Denver got a legitimate draft pick to probably get a replacement WR. And you can get a starter in rd. 2 if you’re smart.

  2. Kaz says: Apr 14, 2010 8:48 AM

    Steelers were robbed in their desperate act.

  3. Krow says: Apr 14, 2010 8:50 AM

    Unless Marshall busts… which is possible given his 10-cent head.

  4. Mean D says: Apr 14, 2010 8:51 AM

    Santonio comes with a 4 game suspension and with 1 more screw up a 1 year suspension. Of course he is worth less. Rosenthal is a clown.

  5. mrzazz41387 says: Apr 14, 2010 8:53 AM

    It was only a matter of time before some team started to catch on to what the Jets were doing, and start to do it themselves. The Dolphins are new to it though, so they need t learn to pay a lot less for their big name talent. This is a great move by Miami. I am going to love the Marshall Revis match up next year. That is going to be a true battle of Titans. Moss didn’t really give the Jets much trouble, but who knows about Marshall. The only problem with picking up troubled players is you need a coach that knows how to handle them. Tuna, and Spar don’t strike me as those kind of guys. They seem more like the kind of guys that fuel the fire. Braylon Edwards came to NY a troubled man, and has been a model citizen the whole time here. If only he could catch the balls he didn’t have time to think about, and he would be doing everything we expect of him. Cromartie is our secret weapon, a few weeks before a game, we send him out to knock up the opposing QB’s sister. It will work like a charm. Holms will be fine also. He will realise that if he can’t make it here, he won’t be able to make it anywhere, and will become a Pac-Man Jones having to run a pro day for the Lions. Another key component to keep guys like Marshall and Holms under control is having a strong group of vets that can keep them in line. Good luck Miami. I hope you were watching the Jets closely.

  6. xltriton says: Apr 14, 2010 8:53 AM

    I am just worried that they coaching staff of the Dolphins will not know how to use BM.
    They are a run first team. Will BM be happy catching 2 passes a game?

  7. Henchman #24 says: Apr 14, 2010 8:54 AM

    I think the Fins got fleeced a little bit. I wouldn’t give up two 2′s for someone with the attitude/off-field issues of a Brandon Marshall, even if he is productive. Is he gonna produce when he slips on his next McDonalds bag, putting his hand through another TV?
    Also, how well have the Dolphins last two trades of second round picks gone? AJ Feely, Daunte Culpepper, anyone?

  8. Kelly says: Apr 14, 2010 8:54 AM

    It is a fine day to be a FIN!!!
    Pay the man his money and lets win the superbowl (or atleast a playoff game)

  9. Dayton Dolfan says: Apr 14, 2010 8:54 AM

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    -Miami fan

  10. rydendonkeys says: Apr 14, 2010 8:59 AM

    To bad McDaniels 1st year draft was a complete SHIBACLE.
    He wasted picks last year on a TE with 11 catches, a DB that hardly played, and DE/LB that was lost completely.

  11. El Sanchez Sucio says: Apr 14, 2010 8:59 AM

    can’t wait to see Revis shut down this woman beater twice next season

  12. hnirobert says: Apr 14, 2010 9:01 AM

    It’s an okay need for the Bronco’s… they cannot draft.

  13. El Sanchez Sucio says: Apr 14, 2010 9:01 AM

    can’t wait to see Revis shut down his woman beater twice next season

  14. haywoodjablome says: Apr 14, 2010 9:02 AM

    Marshall is one more jackass move away from a 4 game suspension…no thanks, I’ll pass on that swollen headed diva.
    Lots of talent?? Yep!
    Problems waiting to happen?? Yep!
    God luck Miami

  15. GirthyOne says: Apr 14, 2010 9:03 AM

    Considering that Josh McDaniels has not gotten rid of his young pro-bowl QB and young pro-bowl WR, from a pure football standpoint these trades weren’t very good.
    I don’t see a Cutler replacement and we’ll see if a Marshall one comes to them in the future with either of these picks.

  16. kravon says: Apr 14, 2010 9:03 AM

    Look at the last 10 Super Bowl winners.
    With the exception of maybe Marvin Harrison in 2007, none of those teams had a cant miss #1 superstar receiver.

  17. Jackson says: Apr 14, 2010 9:03 AM

    I disagree. I believe they gave up too much

  18. milehiclown says: Apr 14, 2010 9:07 AM

    Agreed.
    It’s McDaniels’ mess now. Face it: until we get a legit QB we are gonna be second (or third) in the west. And we did lose a game with Jamarcus Russel as QB.
    Gulp.

  19. myeaglescantwin says: Apr 14, 2010 9:09 AM

    Marshall is a freak. McDaniels shoulda been smarter and worked with him. There isnt a player like this in the draft or last years’ draft or next years’ draft.
    And be real. would you rather get paid 4 million and live in Colorado, or 9 million down in Miami.
    I see Brandon Marshall falling into a whole new batch of problems in a place know for wildness. TOO BAD FOR MARSHALL, HE MISSED SPRING BREAK DOWN THERE. /// Maybe he could invite BigBen down to get crazy next year. I heard he likes to party

  20. Securb says: Apr 14, 2010 9:11 AM

    Miami picks up Brandon Marshall very cool. That makes me wonder what they are going to do in the draft. Will they still pick up Dez Bryant at 12 and build a ridiculous receiving corps or will they address the secondary? They could also pick up a young pass rusher and tell JT have fun with the Jets.

  21. Ruettiger says: Apr 14, 2010 9:12 AM

    Now trade #43 and #45 for SF’s #17.
    Denver gets its first round pick, albiet #17 and not #14 they wanted from Seattle, in exchange for Marshall and swapping its 2nd this year with Miami’s 2nd next year.
    Then grab Ro McClain at 11 and Pouncey at 17. Then sign TO, and take a high risk/high reward WR in the 3rd round.

  22. JollyRoger says: Apr 14, 2010 9:13 AM

    Denver got good compensation for Marshall, but I seriously wonder if Josh McDaniels & Co. know what they’re doing. He came to a team that had a great offense and a lousy defense. The two best players from that offense are now gone. So is the guy who fixed up the defense (Nolan). Seems like the Broncos are trending down.

  23. DOLPHIN ED says: Apr 14, 2010 9:15 AM

    NOW THE NEXT ISSUE …WHAT NUMBER WILL HE WEAR ….15 NEEDS TO STAY WITH BESS ,,,

  24. burntorangehorn says: Apr 14, 2010 9:15 AM

    Miami’s a great place for Marshall to get into trouble. He has that talent that makes it a good risk for the Dolphins, but the Miami scene is the type of thing that turns guys like Marshall into turd-watch fodder.

  25. Dolphinatic says: Apr 14, 2010 9:16 AM

    LOL LOL LOL three straight 100 catch seasons and we got fleeced? lol. He could catch 100 balls with the tv still on his arm and the McD’s bag on his foot. It is a fine day to be a fin fan dont be a jealous hater..

  26. Rhinoman says: Apr 14, 2010 9:16 AM

    So now we have Marshall, Bess, Hartline, Camarillo, Ginn, and Turner. I say keep Ginn now that we have Marshall so he can stretch the field even more. We now have a 100+ catch receiver at number 1 and a 70+ catch receiver at number 2. Henne’s fantasy stock has just gone up dramatically.

  27. bgs1372 says: Apr 14, 2010 9:17 AM

    The man is a top 5 WR talent wise, if his head gets straightened by Parcels he will help the dolphins. I would rather this trade then them going after Dez in the draft. Both are head cases, but atleast Marshal has proven he can succeed at the next level. Now they get draft Saftey in the first and DT in the third, bring back Taylor to play with Dansby and they have a pretty solid team. They needed to do something like this to keep up with the Jets and Pats. Good luck Buffalo this year in that division.

  28. Fire Ted says: Apr 14, 2010 9:18 AM

    To which five WRs do you refer? This I gotta see.

  29. Gelardia says: Apr 14, 2010 9:18 AM

    xltriton says: April 14, 2010 8:53 AM
    I am just worried that they coaching staff of the Dolphins will not know how to use BM.
    They are a run first team. Will BM be happy catching 2 passes a game?
    ###
    Since BM will get the first look in 99.9% of pass plays, I think he can be happy as long as he gets his catches.
    mrzazz41387, Tuna is one of the best attitude adjusters in all of sports.

  30. Gautam says: Apr 14, 2010 9:19 AM

    So no QB to Miami in the second round finally!

  31. JetFanLivinInMiami says: Apr 14, 2010 9:19 AM

    Great pick up, it will be fun to watch REVIS vs MARSHALL match-up.
    Oh, make sure you Dolfans keep those ‘miami chongas’ away from Marshall.
    This football season can’t come soon enough!

  32. Juicer says: Apr 14, 2010 9:19 AM

    just curious, who are the 5 young recievers that you would rather have than Marshall?

  33. Atlanta Love says: Apr 14, 2010 9:20 AM

    LOL Some of you guys have some stupid ass comments to post. It’s funny how you can write a LONG drawn out post and say nothing (mrzazz41387). WTF are you talking about? The Tuna has been instrumental in turning franchises around. That’s his claim to fame. Why wouldn’t he be able to “handle” Brandon?
    Proof again that people who just watch the Sportscenter Top Ten plays should not comment on things that are way over their head.

  34. FedorTheChamp says: Apr 14, 2010 9:21 AM

    Yeah but you still need a QUARTERBACK to throw Marshall the ball!!

  35. Dolphinatic says: Apr 14, 2010 9:21 AM

    Oh yea and to think that he is only 26 and the worst he has done is have an accident while goofing off with his brother(like thats never happened to any of us)… and getting punched outside a night club by guys he tried to be nice to all night at a club (listen to the court tape of his testimony)… WHOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO the is a new Marshall in town!

  36. realitypolice says: Apr 14, 2010 9:24 AM

    Soon enough, Marshall will just be a rich man.
    ===========================
    ……………….and Parcells becomes just another hypocritical, disingenous liar. No bad characters, huh?
    Listen, Brandon Marshall is a beast. I love to watch him play, and don’t blame the Dolphins for trading for him.
    But hey Bill, the next time someone asks you a question about how you plan to run your franchise, how about you be a refreshing change from 99.9% of NFL people and tell the truth.

  37. Duck Fallas says: Apr 14, 2010 9:26 AM

    The Fins got fleeced if that second #2 isn’t conditional (which I doubt).

  38. rayg says: Apr 14, 2010 9:27 AM

    Once again, Franchise Quarterback, McNabb is worth less than a disgruntled Wide Receiver.

  39. THE OZZ says: Apr 14, 2010 9:27 AM

    So it’s gonna be Henne to Marshall huh…Good luck Miami…

  40. Scheer1852 says: Apr 14, 2010 9:29 AM

    Revis/Marshall Cromartie/Ginn will be a great matchup twice a year. I can’t wait

  41. BBB82 says: Apr 14, 2010 9:30 AM

    Good deal if they plan to actually pass the ball from time to time.

  42. Dolphinatic says: Apr 14, 2010 9:32 AM

    xltriton says:
    April 14, 2010 8:53 AM
    I am just worried that they coaching staff of the Dolphins will not know how to use BM.
    They are a run first team. Will BM be happy catching 2 passes a game?
    Last time I checked Shanny(could turn you into a 1000yd back) was run first and BM caught 100 balls under him.. 2 balls a game?.. I think not.. Also consider that Devon Bess caught 76 balls for us last yr, I seriously doubt Marshall will do much worse…Hell Henne was throwing 40+ passes a game (avg @ 30 a game on the yr) over the last several games of the year.

  43. Bob S. says: Apr 14, 2010 9:34 AM

    THEY GOT POSSIBLY THE BEST RECEIVER IN THE LEAGUE FOR JUST A 2ND ROUND PICK – he catches 100 passes a year? Even 2 second rounders? A great deal for Miami.

  44. 8man says: Apr 14, 2010 9:35 AM

    Good deal for both teams. Better for Denver because they potentially get two 2nd rounders. But given Marshall’s talent I can see why the Dol-fans are excited.
    The question is, can the kid stay out of trouble?

  45. capetide says: Apr 14, 2010 9:37 AM

    mrzazz41387 says:
    April 14, 2010 8:53 AM
    It was only a matter of time before some team started to catch on to what the Jets were doing, and start to do it themselves. …. Cromartie is our secret weapon, a few weeks before a game, we send him out to knock up the opposing QB’s sister
    good to see that jest fans have as much class as jets players

  46. thedolphan says: Apr 14, 2010 9:37 AM

    love it.. chad henne is the happiest man in america

  47. Dan says: Apr 14, 2010 9:38 AM

    Jets get Santonio for 12 games only. His contract is up. Miami is sending the 2 2nds and Marshall gets a new contract.
    One more wake and bake, and the Jets paid a 5th rounder for nothing.

  48. palewook says: Apr 14, 2010 9:41 AM

    not a bad trade. wonder how long miami will give ginn before trading him.

  49. BRUTUS9448 says: Apr 14, 2010 9:42 AM

    Phins got pat white last year with one of their 2′s. This was a good move for the phins. Brandon Marshall can carry and offense by himself. he did last year in denver. He made Orton look good. Add that to a top 5 rushing game and phins offense will be very good. AFC east division will be a good one to watch next year.
    Even though I’m a phin fan I still think its the Pats division to lose.

  50. DallasFan in NY says: Apr 14, 2010 9:43 AM

    “I don’t want thugs and hoodlums on the team.” “I really don’t. I don’t want bad-character guys. I don’t want problem children.” Ok Tunafish…

  51. Dolphinatic says: Apr 14, 2010 9:43 AM

    Hey realitypolice
    Are you shi**ing me. I know, Parcells is a liar cause he didn’t tip his hand to the other guys at the table.. Dont be ignorant. HEY WE WANT MARSHALL PLEASE OUTBID US LOL please think about what you just said.

  52. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Apr 14, 2010 9:48 AM

    mrzazz41387 says: April 14, 2010 8:53 AM
    It was only a matter of time before some team started to catch on to what the Jets were doing, and start to do it themselves. The Dolphins are new to it though, so they need t learn to pay a lot less for their big name talent. This is a great move by Miami. I am going to love the Marshall Revis match up next year. That is going to be a true battle of Titans. Moss didn’t really give the Jets much trouble, but who knows about Marshall. The only problem with picking up troubled players is you need a coach that knows how to handle them. Tuna, and Spar don’t strike me as those kind of guys.
    ————————————————–
    I see we need another history lesson here.
    Check Parcells track record with troubled players such as Lawrence Taylor, Brian Cox, Ricky Williams and on and on…
    LOL @ the insinuation that Sexy Rexy is the innovator of dealing with troubled players here…

  53. Fapplejax says: Apr 14, 2010 9:50 AM

    But if they give up 2nd round picks for 2 straight years, how are they gonna draft another QB? Or two?

  54. HellRelle24 says: Apr 14, 2010 9:56 AM

    as a die hard jet fan, i must say a great pickup for miami. he is an incredible player if he stays out of trouble. but just like santonio they are both one strike away from sitting out a year

  55. SATAN567 says: Apr 14, 2010 9:56 AM

    This sucks. We are screwed.

  56. pauliesmooth says: Apr 14, 2010 10:05 AM

    I guess they couldn’t get a 1st round pick for him ( you can really tell Vinny Cerrato is outta the league now.)

  57. bigstorm says: Apr 14, 2010 10:07 AM

    Miami overpaid. If they would have held on until after the draft they would have got him for a 3rd or 4th next year.
    The standard was the Boldin deal. I think that Miami was a bit panicked when Holmes was suddenly dealt to the Jets and they overreacted.
    Now they jsut need a QB to get him the ball. Henne is a better baseball player.

  58. Bob Nelson says: Apr 14, 2010 10:14 AM

    The Broncos were never going to get a better deal than this. Good job Broncos!!

  59. JoeSixPack says: Apr 14, 2010 10:17 AM

    You can’t deny that Miami picked up a difference maker for just two 2nd round picks and $10 million a year.
    He certainly made a big difference in Denver.
    Since drafting him the Broncos have never again made the playoffs.
    They also fired their head coach.
    With a track record like that, what’s not to like for the rest of the AFC East?

  60. jetters149 says: Apr 14, 2010 10:19 AM

    he will be SHUTDOWN against the jets, and do not forget you dont have tom brady as a qb you guys got henne, do not expect too much from him. GO JETS

  61. el_dude00 says: Apr 14, 2010 10:20 AM

    “Once you start from that point and accept he wasn’t a long-term part of Josh McDaniels’ plan, then it’s fair to say the Broncos did well in their trade with the Dolphins.” -GR
    Some of us Bronco fans will never accept that any plan includes NOT having a legit playmaker at WR. Moss ended up in NE because they needed one. So don’t tell me that Marshall doesn’t fit the plan. Josh just can’t manage personalities.
    And don’t think for a second that we have any idea how tyo use second round picks. Quinn (the TE..not the douchebag QB) and Alphonso Smith from last year have been whiffs.

  62. this class sucks says: Apr 14, 2010 10:21 AM

    @ruettiger
    lol thats not gonna happen. The 49ers really wanted that pick they traded away 2 2nd rounders to get it they aren’t going to trade it for 2 worse 2nd rounders. Your like that guy who goes “we should just trade for Tom Brady.”

  63. texasPHINSfan says: Apr 14, 2010 10:24 AM

    Notice everyone that has something bad to say isn’t a Dolphibs fan, haha.
    This was the best news I’ve woken up to in awhile :-)

  64. Ignatius says: Apr 14, 2010 10:28 AM

    “can’t wait to see Revis shut down his woman beater twice next season”
    You mean like he shut down Ginn last season?

  65. dolfanSS says: Apr 14, 2010 10:35 AM

    2nd round draft picks are so overrated. Miami jut got Brandon Marshall for John Beck and Samson Satele. That’s a win, win.

  66. overkil2 says: Apr 14, 2010 10:42 AM

    “HellRelle24 says:
    April 14, 2010 9:56 AM
    as a die hard jet fan, i must say a great pickup for miami. he is an incredible player if he stays out of trouble. but just like santonio they are both one strike away from sitting out a year

    You are totally right. They are both big risks. Holmes less in terms of compensation. That’s the big reason no one wanted to pont up a 1st rounder for Marshall.
    I hope this doesn’t come back to bite us in the ass.
    If he can stay out of trouble and play like he has his last 3 years then it would be a good trade.

  67. overkil2 says: Apr 14, 2010 10:42 AM

    *pony

  68. straverse says: Apr 14, 2010 10:47 AM

    A fair deal? Who are you kidding? They FLEECED the Fins on this one.

  69. nothing says: Apr 14, 2010 10:49 AM

    great pickup, but for two 2nd round picks might be to much……..he better pay off!!!!!!!!!! drafting defense

  70. hnirobert says: Apr 14, 2010 10:49 AM

    @ jetters149
    Didn’t Henne beat the Jets in week 5 last year? Did ya watch NFL Replay this past weekend? Did you see what he had to work with?

  71. overkil2 says: Apr 14, 2010 10:50 AM

    “bigstorm says:
    April 14, 2010 10:07 AM
    Miami overpaid. If they would have held on until after the draft they would have got him for a 3rd or 4th next year.
    The standard was the Boldin deal. I think that Miami was a bit panicked when Holmes was suddenly dealt to the Jets and they overreacted.
    Now they jsut need a QB to get him the ball. Henne is a better baseball player.

    I disagree. Broncos would have kept him if they didn’t get a similar deal from anyone. The “standard”? Boldin was coming off an injury and is 4 years older. The cardinals were trying to dump him so you can’t really call that the standard. Heck, I could say that Roy Williams 1st, 3rd and 5th(or was it 6th) was the standard.
    Henne is fine. You non Fins fans crack me up. Try watching a few games. You would see that Henne has the tools to be a very good QB. This was his first season as a starter(2nd overall) so you expect him not to do that well. anyways, 60% completion 75 QB rating, 2880 yards in 14 games. I’ll take that for a rookie. yes, TD/INT was 12/14 but not too bad.
    QBs normally don’t do really well their first year.

  72. McDanielsOwns says: Apr 14, 2010 10:56 AM

    4 consecutive 100 yd season for marshall… I think not. good luck catching passes in miami

  73. Jon says: Apr 14, 2010 11:03 AM

    All the people that are saying variations of “Miami still needs a QB” or “Henne to Marshall?” Think about it…. Marshall caught 101 balls in 15 games with a sub-par running game, Jabar Gaffney as his #2, and KYLE ORTON throwing him the ball.
    Now he’s got one of the league’s best running games, a few capable WRs that can play opposite him, and a young QB in Henne who a lot of people like.
    Did MIA give up too much for him based on Anquan’s price tag? That’s a different debate. But he should definitely be productive on the field.

  74. DoctorK says: Apr 14, 2010 11:08 AM

    It’s a great day when New England, the Jets and the Ravens lose. Any acquisition that can help in that regard is looked upon positively.
    Go Fins.

  75. Highway703 says: Apr 14, 2010 11:36 AM

    Haha damn he will not last in Miami too much partying and Latinas his career is over after this year

  76. Ruettiger says: Apr 14, 2010 11:49 AM

    @ this class sucks

  77. Ruettiger says: Apr 14, 2010 11:55 AM

    @ this class sucks
    Those two picks land right in between 17 and 18 on the draft value chart.
    This draft is much deeper than last year. If there isn’t a guy SF wants at 17 but several they’re likely to get as good values in round 2, which is also worth more this year because of the break, then they may do it. The bigger risk is that Philly and NE have more to play with and have a better chance of getting in on the deal.
    So it could make sense as a draft day trade there sparky. But I guess you’re likely too busy trying to trade for Tom Brady to get it.

  78. realitypolice says: Apr 14, 2010 11:27 PM

    Dolphinatic says:
    April 14, 2010 9:43 AM
    Hey realitypolice
    Are you shi**ing me. I know, Parcells is a liar cause he didn’t tip his hand to the other guys at the table.. Dont be ignorant. HEY WE WANT MARSHALL PLEASE OUTBID US LOL please think about what you just said.
    ================
    No, I’m not shitting you, retard. Parcell’s comment about not bringing bad characters and “problem children” came waaaayyyyyy before Marshall was even on the market. The two events are not remotely related.
    Saying that Parcells said what he said to cover up his interest in Marshall is an idiotic justification by a typical Dolphin cool-aid drinker.

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