The wide receiver is on the move less than one day after signing a 2.5 million dollar tender with the Denver Broncos. Marshall signed the tender in hopes that it would help get a trade done and apparently it worked. It is expected that the Dolphins will sign Marshall to a long term deal.
The Broncos had originally placed a first round pick on the wide receiver at the beginning of restricted free agency. There had been little or no interest from teams around the league willing to give up a first rounder for the troubled, yet talented Marshall. While Denver is not getting back the first round pick they desired, a second round pick this year and next are certainly valuable.
Especially once you consider that the Arizona Cardinals only got a third and fourth round pick from the Baltimore Ravens for Anquan Boldin and the Steelers only got a fifth round pick from the New York Jets for Santonio Holmes. Also, the Cowboys gave up a boat load of picks for a much less talented Roy Williams, who has vastly under performed since coming over from the Detroit Lions.
The recent trades makes the AFC East possibly the most interesting division going into the 2010 NFL season. The Jets have made key additions to improve both their offense and defense. The New England Patriots are still the Patriots and Belichick has a bunch of picks to worth with in the upcoming draft. The Buffalo Bills are still the bottom feeders of the division but could be poised to draft one of the high profile quarterbacks next week in hopes of turning their luck around.
Miami now has the play making wide receiver they so desperately have needed after Ted Ginn Jr. failed to live up to the hype. Along with a budding star at quarterback in Chad Henne and strong running game headed by Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown, expect to see the Dolphins in the division and playoff hunt for years to come.
Bill Parcels proves once again that he knows how to put together a winner.