Leading Up to the Brandon Marshall Dilemma:
Last offseason, Brandon Marshall did everything in his power to convince the Denver Bronco's to trade him.
Denver stubbornly refused.
So, Marshall responded by stubbornly swatting balls out of the air in practice, rather than catching them. I for one thought this was a hilarious, fairly commendable stand against oppression in the NFL.
The Bronco's organization didn't see the humor in it, and ended up suspending him.
Marshall played very well during the regular season; he made the Pro Bowl and set the NFL record for most receptions in a single game, with 21 in week 14 against the Colts.
Despite these achievements, however, he finished the season as he started it; suspended.
It doesn't seem likely that Brandon Marshall will be caged up in Denver for another year (but think of the drama if he is!).
Three Possible Destinations for Brandon Marshall:
Here is one way it could unfold:
Even though Marshall is scheduled to be a restricted free agent, Denver will likely apply their Franchise Tag (which places Marshall under a non-negotiable, one year contract) so that they can get something in return for him.
If it unfolds this way, the only teams that will have a shot at Marshall are those with something valuable to give in return, and the possibilities include:
The Ravens are desperate for a receiver; Derrick Mason's days are coming to an end.
The Ravens can either keep their 25th overall pick, and take a question mark like Damian Williams or Golden Tate, or they can trade the draft pick to Denver or Arizona for proven threats.
Unlike the Ravens, the 49ers have two first round picks at their disposal.Their needs are offensive line and quarterback. The top quarterbacks will be ancient history by their first pick (No. 13), so I think they'll take OT Brian Bulaga here. With their next pick, they would simply take the best player on the board.
The thing is, Brandon Marshall is up for grabs, and he is better than any player on the board, and playing Arizona twice a year has surely taught them the value of multiple elite receivers.
If Marshall's free agency status stands:
Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall reunited!
The Bears are in the market for a reliable receiver, so why not?
Jay Cutler was horrible in his first year with the Bears. Maybe an old friend could help him return to his elite status?
Tampa Bay: This would help the Bucs fill a need, but they would have to offer the third overall pick. Not happening.
Miami: Like Tampa Bay, Marshall would feel a need, but I just dont see Parcell's giving up such a high draft pick for a receiver.
Jacksonville: Receiver is just one of many needs for the Jaguars. They have bigger fish to fry. I think they will hang on to the number ten spot and take a pass rusher.
Cleveland: The Browns are in the same boat as Jacksonville; they have so many defensive spots to fill, receiver will likely take a back seat. For Marshall's sake, I hope he doesn't end up here.