Brandon Marshall Involved in Bears-Bills-Broncos Three-Way Trade?

Michael McMastersCorrespondent IJune 24, 2009

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 28:  Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos before the NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 28, 2008 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 52--21.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

It’s no secret that Brandon Marshall wants out of Denver. Since Jay Cutler’s trade to the Windy City, Marshall has slowly been packing his bags and getting ready to ship out. You can’t blame him. Would you want Kyle Orton as your QB?

While the Bears are actively seeking a WR to play alongside Devin Hester, they continue to deny any interest in Marshall. They seem very interested in Plaxico Burress, who might not even play a down of the 2009 NFL season. 

Something fishy is going on here. 

Yes, Marshall would be a risk because he has found himself in cuffs just about as many times as your average hip-hop artist, but fortunately for him, nothing he has ever done runs the risk of a yearlong suspension.

Burress, on the other hand, shot himself in the leg with his own gun and could be doing some jail time. Not sure why any team is looking at him right now. Even after the jail time, he would be suspended by the Roger “The Enforcer” Goodell.

The popular belief would be that as long as he hasn’t been sentenced, then Goodell can’t suspend him. This is the only reason Burress is trying to push back his trial. Still, it’s not going to eliminate the inevitable. 

Maybe Burress just wants to get it pushed back long enough to play a couple more seasons and sit on that. Who knows? The way he is going about resolving his impending trial would certainly suggest that.

Anyway, back to the rumor. The Bears need a WR. They don’t have the ammo to get Marshall. The Broncos would most certainly want a WR in return, one that has been productive. They would also need at least a second round draft choice.

So how would this work? Well, the Bills are currently loaded at the WR position. They could afford to throw a second round pick and a productive receiver like Josh Reed to the Broncos in return for a position of need. In this case it would be a DT. 

Buffalo would want nothing but the best from Chicago, and that would come in the form of Tommie Harris. Chicago could do this because they have invested heavily in DTs in recent years. It would seem like Denver would be getting the shaft, but they are totally rebuilding their squad and really have no plans of a championship this year.

Loading up with solid veterans and multiple draft picks sounds like a smart way to build your team for Denver, while Chicago and Buffalo believe that they just need a few minor tweaks and pieces to the puzzle to get to the playoffs and beyond.

The trade at first glance looks lopsided, but when you look at what each team is trying to do, it really makes a whole lot of sense.