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Anquan Boldin, Brandon Marshall on the Move? Three-Team Deal May Be in the Works
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Do not get offended, Brandon Marshall.

Rumor has it via Scout.com's Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals affiliates that star wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Brandon Marshall could be on the move via a three-way trade between the Chiefs, Cardinals, and Broncos.

I was notified by fellow Broncos writer Randy Garcia that the proposed trade would be roughly as follows:

Cardinals Get

WR Brandon Marshall

Chiefs Get

WR Anquan Boldin

Broncos Get

QB Matt Leinart

Okay, so this proposed deal does not make very much sense up front. It seems as though the Broncos are getting a pretty raw deal considering they have been rumored to be holding out for first and fourth round picks in exchange for Marshall. Not to mention this deal has the Chiefs giving up absolutely nothing.

A more fair deal would look as such:

Cardinals Get

WR Brandon Marshall

QB Tyler Thigpen

Chiefs' fifth round pick

Chiefs Get

WR Anquan Boldin

Broncos Get

QB Matt Leinart

Chiefs' first round pick

This seems like a pretty balanced return for all parties involved. The Cardinals get Boldin off their hands, and Brandon Marshall gets a fresh start. Arizona would also maintain the top WR duo in the NFL this way.

The Chiefs and head coach Todd Haley could put together a stellar wide receiver duo with Boldin and Dwayne Bowe and get rid of Thigpen, a guy who has been on the market for a while.

The Broncos get rid of Marshall and his antics while getting a quarterback of the future and a likely early to mid-first round pick. 

The only thing holding this type of trade back is Marshall. The Cardinals have to be willing not only to deal Boldin, but also to be ready to give Marshall a long-term contract at the end of this season, which is why I view this deal as somewhat unlikely.

Only time will tell, but a deal will need to be done soon, if at all.

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