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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Where Will Brandon Marshall Go? (Updated)

You’d have to think that if Brandon Marshall, one of the league’s better wide receivers, were going to stay with the Broncos, the contract he signed would have been bigger than the $2.521 million tender contract. If the Broncos wanted to keep him (and keep him happy), they would have offered bigger dollars; if he wanted to stay, he would have asked for the kind of contract that would have kept him happy. Instead he signed the lowball tender which wasn’t significantly more than he made last year.

So Marshall is going to go somewhere. The question is where he’ll land and how much the Broncos will get in return.

Similar to the Cutler situation in the last off-season, I can’t help but be a little disappointed with both sides of this personnel equation. Marshall deserved a better contract in the last off-season and the Broncos deserved better than Marshall gave them every off-season. While Marshall played for small money through his first contract, he watched less talented players coming through the team signing bigger contracts and contributing far, far less. On the other hand, Marshall’s constant legal difficulties and his suspensions made it hard for the Broncos to justify the investment.

If Marshall really is leaving town, it will be one more disappointment for fans who have stomached more than their share over the last three years.

Strategically speaking, the Broncos are also showing players that if you don’t want to play in Denver, you don’t have to play in Denver. You can always bully, whine, or cry your way out of town and the Broncos will ultimately accommodate you. Not a good reputation to have when you’re trying to build stability in your team and loyalty in your players.

Update: Brandon Marshall is going to Miami--and he immediately makes them a better team--and the Broncos got fair value for him. A second round pick this year and a second round pick this year makes a pretty compelling case for letting him go; I imagine the Broncos will be looking to draft a new receiver pretty high this year.

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Dez Bryant might be in our very near future.

on Apr 14 2010 @ 07:38 AM

That’s what I was thinking (hoping). I was reading about him this last weekend and it amazes me that there is talk of him slipping down in the draft because of the Deion Sanders relationship. Yes, it was a violation, but it seems pretty minor compared to, say, Brandon Marshall’s various legal issues. Is there something that I missed on Bryant?

on Apr 14 2010 @ 07:46 AM

I’d like to be able to say that the problem with Cutler and Marshall (and T.O. and Moss, and ...) is that they’re very young and if you give them time, they’ll grow up.  But offhand I can’t think of a situation where one of these players ever did grow up.

So, I wish Marshall weren’t an immature jerk, but since he is, I’m glad he’s gone.  I’m also glad we got something for him, but I’d rather he had gone to, say, the Raiders.

Nobody is better at dysfunctional than the Raiders; he’d fit right in.

on Apr 14 2010 @ 07:35 PM

Good call on the trade prediction, ZB.

But why would you go through so much difficulty to get rid of one attitude-ridden talented WR just to spend a high draft pick on another?

Dez Bryant has all the talent in the world.  Well, so does Marshall.

What Dez also displays is a lack of character: he lied to avoid trouble, which is (ironically) what caused all of his trouble.  I’ve heard he has questionable work ethic and a big ego.  When a player has some problems in his past, you want to give him the benefit of the doubt; he has to do his part by working hard to show excellent character, and I don’t think Dez has.

on Apr 15 2010 @ 01:29 AM
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