Despite Big Blue's draft selections of Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden, the Giants have a glaring hole at WR. These rookies may be good or they may wash out, this remains to be seen.
But what we do know is that they are unproven commodities on a team built to win in the present. While I heavily favored the addition of a veteran presence like Torry Holt (read my article "Should the Giants have signed Torry Holt.." to read my argument for that), they obviously didn't make such an addition and instead poured a boatload of money into upgrading the defense.
Prior to the NFL Draft, we heard rumor after rumor of the Giants pursuing either Anquan Boldin or Braylon Edwards. While they did attempt to shore up their needs at wideout with youth, the Giants can no doubt use a proven player. Braylon Edwards is a proven player to say the very least. Let's examine his brief career as a receiver with the Denver Broncos.
2007 was Marshall's first full year as a WR. He caught 102 passes for 1,325 yards; very impressive numbers for a second year player. He averaged 13 yards a reception and 82.8 yards a game while catching seven touchdowns. Very nice numbers indeed.
While the numbers may be bit inflated due to the fact that Marshall played on a team with an awful defense, there is no denying his 2007 production.
He followed up his first full campaign as a wideout with another very productive year. In 2008 Marshall caught 102 passes for 1,265 yards. He averaged 12.2 yards a reception and 84.3 yards a game while catching 6 touchdowns.
So in this third year as a player in the NFL, Brandon Marshall has produced two full seasons of very good production. He proved that his first full year as a fluke. One must consider that Brandon Marshall again played on a team with an awful defense in 2008, but he has shown enough to prove that he was no one year wonder.
What also must be taken into account that as a player on a team in the AFC West, he has to go against some of the best defensive backs like Oakland's Nnamdi Asomugha and San Diego's Antonio Cromartie. So the fact that he is able to produce against top competition is also worth considering.
So we've established that Brandon Marshall is a good player worth pursuing. While he has had his run-ins with the law and the league itself, you may ask whether the Giants might pursue a malcontent considering they just purged themselves of a few of them over the past couple of years with Plaxico Burress and Jeremy Shockey.
The fact remains that without Plaxico Burress, the Giants don't win the Super Bowl in February 2008. It's as simple as that. The Giants are in a win-now mode and they should do whatever it takes to get the top flight receiver that they need.
Now onto the most important question; do the Giants have enough to offer the Broncos in order to acquire Brandon Marshall. Well it depends on what they give up. Considering they have a wealth of defensive lineman, a package starting with Mathias Kiwanuka should be enticing.
I personally wouldn't want to give Kiwi up but I have to assume that the Broncos aren't going to accept a lowball offer. The Broncos have a pressing need on defense and Kiwi can be used at DE or LB, so this could be a good trading match for Denver. If a fourh or fifth round selection in next year's draft is needed to seal the deal, so be it.
The Giants have the need and the ammunition with which to strike a deal with Denver. Denver has a need on defense and the Giants have the pieces needed to fulfill that need.
Broncos President Pat Bowlen has stated that he will do anything he can to accomodate Brandon Marshall's request to be traded. So watching this story unfold over the next few weeks should be interesting to say the least.