The speculation has ended. Brandon Marshall will not play for the Broncos any more. On Wednesday, the Broncos traded Marshall to the Dolphins for Miami’s second-round draft pick this year and in 2011.
There is little doubting Marshall’s immense talent as a wide receiver. You don’t make 307 catches for 3,710 yards and 23 touchdowns in the last three seasons by accident. The guy can play. And he can dominate.
Marshall has been the most reliable and most talented skill position player on the Broncos’ offense the last several years.
He has also been the most disgruntled. While his production was a bright spot, his conduct did not rise to the same level. That was tough to watch.
For whatever reasons, Marshall and Coach Josh McDaniels never got on the same page. One could speculate and debate as to why and who, if anyone, ultimately bears the bigger burden for that. But in my opinion, that doesn’t accomplish much.
The fact is, the relationship wasn’t working and wasn’t going to work in the future. Sometimes that happens in life. Given those circumstances, the Broncos did well to get a pair of second-round draft picks.
“I’m pleased the way it went down,” McDaniels said of the trade on Wednesday afternoon. “I’m happy and excited for Brandon to have an opportunity to do something he’s wanted to do. And I’m also excited about the opportunities that we’re going to be presented (with) here in the coming weeks with the draft and continuing to build our team and our roster the way that we want to do it.”
It is clear that the way Coach McDaniels wants to build a team does not include Brandon Marshall. I can respect that, just like I can respect the fact that Marshall felt he was deserving of a new contract. It is more difficult to understand the way Marshall went about expressing his displeasure. But we all make choices.
“The situation was what it was,” McDaniels added. “I think we worked it the best way that we could so that all of us could get what we were looking for.”
Given that the situation was not going to work, I believe the Broncos did well to get some value back. It was clear teams were not going to put an offer sheet in front of Brandon and risk losing a first-round pick.
There are plenty of second-round picks who have had terrific NFL careers. There are also plenty who did not have much of a career at all. Time will tell how good of a deal this turns out to be. Time will tell which team, if any, came out better.
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