NFL Free Agency: Marshall to Bears Is a Bad Move for the Dolphins

Andrew BaumannContributor IIIMarch 13, 2012

KANSAS CITY - SEPTEMBER 28:  Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Denver Broncos looks to Brandon Marshall #15 during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 28, 2008 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs defeated the Broncos 33-19.  (Photo by: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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As reported by Adam Schefter, the Miami Dolphins reportedly have just agreed to trade Brandon Marshall to the Bears for two third-round picks in this and next year's draft.

This trade does nothing to help the ailing Dolphins. While this trade is great news for the Bears, who were just one injured Jay Cutler away from the playoffs last year, the Dolphins got almost nothing out of it.

Sure, two picks in the draft are great, but Marshall easily could have warranted more, and the Fins have undersold him. There would have been anyone in the league who would have paid a late first round to a second plus a third for Marshall, but the Dolphins let him go for only two third rounds.

If they end up drafting someone great, then good for them, but the problem is is that the third round rarely brings in any starting talent.

This trade would have made more sense if the three-time all-star was old, and the Fins were trying to get younger... but Marshall is only 27, and easily has seven or eight years left in the tank. He is exceptionally tall, and even if he loses his speed, he can still be deadly because of that.

The Dolphins, whether Marshall is good in the Bears system, have already lost. They gave up two second-round picks to the Broncos to get Marshall in the first place.

This trade does not bode well for the potential of bringing Peyton Manning to the Dolphins. Unless Manning is sure that both Pierre Garcon and Reggie Wayne are going to come with him, then he might not choose the Dolphins for fear of their lack of wide receiving talent.

Maybe the Dolphins know something we do not know, like maybe they have already assured Manning is coming to the 'Fins. They could have traded Marshall to free some cap room in order to sign Manning to a mega contract, but right now, we do not know, and it still appears that the Fins made a huge mistake.

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