Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall Traded to Miami

If you live on the West Coast, as we do, you were a little late to the party when you woke up to hear that the Denver Broncos traded away their problem-child, WR Brandon Marshall to the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins have already given Marshall a 4-year contract extension worth $47.5 million. $29 million of that will be paid to Marshall over the first three years.

Last year, prior to the start of the NFL season, we declared Marshall Boob ‘O’ The Day for his antics on the practice field. The Broncos even suspended Marshall last year through Sept. 5 for what coach Josh McDaniels called “detrimental” conduct to the team. The team then suspended Marshall again for their game against the Kansas City Chiefs, in which the Broncos were blown out 44-24 in the season finale.

In the wake of last season, this trade was as inevitable as death and taxes. So let’s take a look at the trade’s winners and losers.

The Winners:
Brandon Marshall and the Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins were in need of a legitimate number one wide receiver, because let’s face it Ted Ginn Jr. was never going to amount to anything other than a good kick-returner and decent wide out, and now they got one. Plus and they got a steal, having only to give up a 2nd round pick this year and a 2nd round pick next year. Considering the Dallas Cowboys paid a 1st round and 3rd round pick to the Lions for WR Roy Williams, the Dolphins come out smelling like roses in this trade.

Marshall wins because he finally gets the two things he wanted last year. To leave Denver and to get a huge new contract. Today, Brandon gets his wish and becomes the highest paid WR in the NFL. His contract extension, coupled with the $2.5 million tender that he signed with the Broncos, making this trade possible, make him the highest paid WR in league history netting him $50 million over ten years. Plus, after jawing with LB Joey Porter last year, Marshall won’t have to worry about making nice since Porter was released earlier by the Dolphins. Life is great for the diva WR right now!

The Losers:
Josh McDaniels and the Denver Broncos

The Broncos now find themselves in a complete rebuilding phase. They shipped out their quarterback last year, their running back core had problems staying healthy last year, and now they just shipped out their most productive wide receiver in years. Not to mention the fact that their defense struggled mightily at the end of last season and Elvis Dumervil is a restricted free agent that has yet to sign his tender offer.

Denver needs to use their host of picks to find offensive and defensive weapons and find them quickly. All they can hope for now, is that WR Dez Bryant is still on the board when they go to make their selection with the 11th pick in the draft.

Josh McDaniels loses, because instead of trying to work out the issues with his star players, he has shipped them off to be a problem for someone else. If he is going to become the great coach the Broncos believe he can be, he needs to figure out how to deal with the players on his team, otherwise he will have nobody left to coach.