Brandon Marshall couldn't have picked a more beautiful day to visit the Pacific Northwest. But a scenic view isn't what the soon-to-be 26-year-old standout wide receiver is visiting our corner of the country for. Nor is it strictly business. For the Seattle Seahawks and Mr. Marshall it's all about getting to know one another. Seattle proved that when it did not offer a contract today, instead reestablishing old ties between new Offensive Coordinator Jeremy Bates and Marshall. Marshall played under Bates in Denver, and from what he candidly told Seahawks current receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, he really enjoyed the experience.
It's important to note these relationships, as Marshall has had issue after issue during his time with the Broncos. He has said over and over that he was extremely unhappy being in Denver, and having positive connections in Seattle could certainly help his opinion of our fair city. Marshall recently testified in court concerning the murder of fellow Bronco Darrent Williams. From his testimony, you can tell how heavily the event weighs on him still. Trauma affects everyone differently, and it appears that Marshall feels the need to detach himself from the city that so much has gone wrong in. During an arrest for a DUI in 2007, Marshall said, "I hate Denver. I hope I get traded. I hate this f******* city." Also, he berated the police for not doing their jobs in tracking down Darrent "D-Wills" Williams' killers.
Much has been made of Marshall's off the field problems, but one must ask how many of those issues stem from feeling trapped in a city full of bad memories. There are certainly issues that exist separately from that, the most troubling being his problems with women.
While I wouldn't want Marshall to date my sister, I would and do want him catching footballs for the Seattle Seahawks. It takes a lot to play the game of football at an elite level and a different type of mindset to put oneself through the physical ringer that professional football does. The late not-so-great Coach Jim Mora expressed the need to have dirtbags on this team, and man, oh man, Marshall is an absurdly talented dirtbag.
Seattle could be a fresh start for a troubled but still young Marshall. He would be an immediate playmaker, and when the Seahawks do grab a new QB (this year or next), Marshall would be a huge factor in helping develop a young signal caller. He's a beast. You throw the ball anywhere in his area code, and he comes down with it. Think of how beneficial this could be in cultivating the confidence and decision making of Hasselbeck's heir-apparent.
Whether or not Marshall does end up in Seattle and at what cost is anybodies guess. The fact that no contract has been offered on day one means that the Seahawks' front office is playing this one close to the chest, a smart move considering the fact that with the Ravens picking up Bolden, the market for Marshall is significantly lessened. I hope it also means that Seattle is planning on keeping the number six pick. But even if we do have to trade that pick, if you drafted a WR at six and got three consecutive 100+ catch seasons, you'd call it a great pick. The Seahawks have an opportunity to draft a potential Hall of Fame WR entering his prime.
That would be a great start for the new regime in Seattle.
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