As the clock is clicking closer to the NFL Draft there are still some top restricted free agents who can be had for the right draft pick(s). One of those is the Pro Bowl receiver from the Denver Broncos, Brandon Marshall.
His attitude last year has preempted these trade rumors and several teams have popped up as potential landing spots for the talented and troubled wide receiver. While the Broncos may not get the first round pick they are looking for they may get multiple picks that add up too a first rounder. Lets take a look at some of these teams and what they can offer.
The Seahawks have been mentioned quite regularly as a team that could make a move for Marshall.
They are one of two teams that have multiple first round picks (6th and 14th). The Seahawks need to upgrade their receiving corps and Marshall would provide that immediately.
Paired with TJ Houshmandzadeh this would give the team two tall deep threats and would open the underneath patterns for Deion Branch.
Seattle could also get an extra pick out of this deal if they take one of their picks then trade down to gain an extra pick in the third or fourth round, then ship the lower first rounder to Denver.
The 49ers are the other team that holds an extra first rounder (13th and 17th). A team that had an above average season last year is looking like a team on the upswing.
If you added Marshall to their offensive mix the lineup would be scary for opposing defenses. Marshall and Crabtree at WR, Frank Gore at RB, and Vernon Davis at TE, not to mention veterans Isaac Bruce and Josh Morgan filling out the receiving corps.
The New York Jets are very limited in what they can do via trade this off season due to the fact that they have shipped so many picks out since last year’s draft.
The Jets showed they are willing to trade picks for a WR when they brought over Braylon Edwards last season. However they could only offer the 29th and 61st picks for Marshall and I doubt that the front office would trade the few picks they have in this deep draft year.
The Buffalo Bills, where do we begin? This team needs a serious upgrade at the WR position. The T.O. experiment didn’t work out as well as planned last season and why did anyone ever think it would. Fitzpatrick/Edwards to Owens? Just doesn’t sound right. The team didn’t resign Josh Reed so Lee Evans is the main receiving threat on this team.
Granted the quarterback situation isn’t great but the Bills have the assets needed to facilitate this trade. They could offer the 9th pick (highly unlikely) trade down with the 9th pick (more likely) or offer their 41st pick with their 4th rounder.
Another crazy move for the Bills would be to trade down with the 9th use the extra pick in a package for McNabb and take the first rounder from their trade down and use it for Marshall.
The Patriots are here for their history of turning around the careers of malcontents. They also have the picks to make this deal work. They have the 22nd, 44th, 45th, 53rd, and 119th to work with and try and find a suitable package that the Broncos would take.
Most likely as the Patriots do every year if Belichick doesn’t see anything he likes he will trade down to secure future picks.
Also remember the Patriots have the Raiders' 2011 1st rounder to offer. The Patriots don’t like paying a lot of money to high draft picks (except Jerod Mayo), so they could always trade that pick too.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still in rebuilding mode and most likely won’t offer their 3rd overall pick for Marshall when they will have the ability to potentially land McCoy, Suh, or Berry.
They lack a big receiver since they let Antonio Bryant walk and Josh Freeman needs a target. They could offer one of their two second round picks No. 35 or No. 42.
The Browns have positioned themselves very well for this draft and can really do anything they want. They have twelve pick over all and they have one first and second round pick and three third rounders they could mix and match for Marshall.
Offensively they are set at TE and RB and QB is Delhomme but they do need some help with the receivers as Joshua Cribbs and Mohamed Massqquoi are the only legitimate threats.
There is no way in whatever saying you chose that the Rams would move the No. 1 pick for Marshall. The Rams will need a receiving threat for Bradford, if they do take him No. 1 overall, and Marshall would be a good fit along side Stephen Jackson. The Rams do have the No. 1 pick in rounds two through four and the right combination could be enough for the Broncos to consider it.
In a strange twist the Broncos could send Marshall to Chicago to team up with former QB Jay Cutler, this scenario is highly unlikely as the Bears only have a third and fourth rounder to offer. They could also add a player to the trade and offer picks as well as Alex Brown or Greg Olsen.
Would Mike Shanahan like to be reacquainted with his former player? Probably. Could they offer the right package for Marshall? Possibly.
Like the trade with Chicago the deal would have to involve a player or two for the Broncos to feel they are getting value back. Washington has a first round. No. 4, and a second rounder, No. 37 to offer for Marshall. Young WR’s Devin Thomas or Malcom Kelly might have to be included. Again highly unlikely.