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Brandon Marshall's Five Most Likely Trade Destinations

INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 13:  Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Colts won 28-16.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Benjamin C. KleinCorrespondent IJanuary 27, 2010

Brandon Marshall's rocky relationship with the Denver Broncos and head coach Josh McDaniels appears to be coming to a close.

The writing on the wall became obvious when Marshall was suspended for the last regular season game, a game with playoff implications, for lackadaisical behavior. Marshall, a restricted free agent, has endured multiple suspensions for his conduct on and off the field during his short career. Along with Marshall’s misconduct serious questions remain concerning Marshall’s long-term health, specifically his hip.

Yet in spite of all this Marshall remains one of the leagues most dynamic offensive threats and at only 25 still offers room to grow as a player and a person. At 6’4 230lbs Marshall moves with the speed and fluidity of a much smaller player while using his size advantage to out muscle and box out defenders while the ball is in the air.

So while Denver has apparently had their fill of Marshall his talent will still create a lot of interest in the trade market. While Marshall’s flaws will probably preclude a team from offering a first round pick Denver should still demand at least a middle to high second rounder.

Further complicating matters is that whatever team trades for Marshall will have to deal with his status as a restricted free agent. That means a long-term contract or the franchise tag, either way it will be expensive.

The following is a list of the five teams (in no particular order) that I believe will have the most interest in trading for the enigmatic playmaker, the assets to pull it off and the inclination to pay Marshall the money he wants. Along with each team on the list I will include a potential trade proposal, why the trade makes sense and why it doesn’t.


Seattle Seahawks

Possible Trade Proposal

Marshall for Seattle’s second Round pick (40 overall).

Why The Trade Would Work

Denver would probably prefer to trade Marshall to the NFC.

Pete Carroll has experience successfully managing head cases.

Seattle has two first round picks; one will probably be a QB and he will need help. 

‘Hawks owner Paul Allen has limitless pockets.

‘Hawks offense is devoid of game changing talent.

Why The Trade Would Fall Apart

Seattle may not want to sacrifice a second round pick this year due to their lack of a third rounder.


Miami Dolphins

Possible Trade Proposal

Marshall for Miami’s second round pick (43 overall) and Cameron Wake or Ted Ginn.

Why The Trade Would Work

Parcells and crew have been successful in the past with sketch balls.

Chad Henne and offense itself needs a big time WR to take the next step.

Rich celebrity seeking owner willing to pay the money required.

Marshall fits Parcells concept of what a WR should look and play like (see Keyshawn Johnson).

Why The Trade Would Fall Apart

Denver may be reticent to send Marshall to a fellow AFC team.


Baltimore Ravens 

Possible Trade Proposal

Marshall for Baltimore’s second round pick (57) and Troy Smith.

Why The Trade Would Work

Ray Lewis and veteran crew are proven capable of handling and integrating nut jobs.

Joe Flacco and Ray Rice are stars but need a big time WR to take that next step.

Owner and GM with history of risk taking and paying stars.

Why The Trade Would Fall Apart

Denver may be reticent to send Marshall to a fellow AFC team.


Chicago Bears

Possible Trade

Marshall for Chicago’s third round pick (74/75) and Johnny Knox

Why The Trade Would Work

Bears need a big time WR like no other team in the NFL.

Jay Cutler to Marshall is a proven commodity and chemistry.

GM and coach are desperate to save their jobs by developing Cutler.

GM has proven record of big name trades.

Denver would probably prefer to trade Marshall to the NFC. Bears and Broncos have established lines of communications for trades.

Why The Trade Would Fall Apart

Chicago is bereft of assets after the Cutler and Gaines Adams deal. They may not have the ammo to get it done.


Tampa Bay Bucs

Possible Trade Proposal

Marshall for the Bucs' second round pick from Chicago (42/44 overall).

Why The Trade Would Work

Josh Freeman’s development, so pivotal to their coach and GM retaining their jobs, would accelerate dramatically. 

The Glazers need to repudiate rumors and fan concerns of penny pinching.

Bucs have history of disregarding character concerns (see Aqib Talib).

Extra second rounder due to Gaines Adams trade.

Why The Trade Would Fall Apart

The Glazers really might be penny pinchers.

-Concern over lack of veteran leadership to set Marshall strait. 

(The following is a link to an excellent article written by Robert Stone that serves as a counter argument to mine.)

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