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.