Bye Bye, Brandon Marshall: I Bet You're Happy To Leave the Denver Broncos

OAKLANDRAIDERCorrespondent IApril 14, 2010

MIAMI - FEBRUARY 5: Wide receiver Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos arrives at the Coors Light Super Bowl Bash at the Mansion on February 5, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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As an Oakland Raiders fan I must say that anytime I see negative news about any of the other three AFC West rivals I can't help but laugh.

Shocking news has spread around the NFL that the Denver Broncos have just traded Brandon Marshall to the Miami Dolphins for two second-round picks (in 2010 and 2011).

For the Denver Broncos this move will forever set their franchise back. They will never find a player of the caliber of Marshall again. Marshall was a rare superstar wide receiver, a diamond in the rough, so I couldn't be any happier to see him leave the AFC West.

For Broncos fans it's a shame that a player with that much talent could only fetch two second-round picks. Marshall is easily a top-five wide receiver in the NFL. He's 6'4", 230 pounds—the man is a beast.

In the last three seasons he's had more than 100 catches, 1,000 yards, and 23 touchdowns. He averages 12 yards every time he catches the ball. What Marshall did for the Denver Broncos offense for the last three years can't be put into words. He was even able to have success once Shanahan and Cutler left, proving it was the player and not the system.

If you are to really dig deep into the numbers, in 2009 Marshall only played 13 out of 16 games, yet still had 101 catches, 1,120 yards, and 10 touchdowns. Brandon Marshall makes other players better. Why in the world the Denver Broncos refused to give this man a max contract boggles my mind.

At only 26 years old you can make the case that Marshall isn't even in the prime of his career yet. Entering his fifth season with a fresh start and new attitude, there is no reason not to think that he is going to make the Miami Dolphins offensive unit better.

Ted Ginn will have more space to go one-on-one with other teams' second best defensive backs, and once you add in Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams, and the Wildcat offense, Miami becomes better real fast.

As for the Denver Broncos, all I can do is sit back and laugh. They have set their franchise back for the second season in a row under Josh McDaniels. First it was the trade of their franchise quarterback, Jay Cutler, and now the trade of their best offensive player, Brandon Marshall.

Not only that, but McDaniels also got rid of defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. It just boggles my mind. Of course, we might hear some Broncos fans try to defend this, but as Raiders fans, and just fans in general, when you are able to draft Pro-Bowl or superstar players such as Cutler and Marshall there should be no way in the world that you trade these guys.

Does trading Marshall away make the Denver Broncos better? No, in fact it makes them worse.

Will the Broncos draft Dez Bryant? Who knows, but what we do know is that it's super rare to draft a wide receiver in the draft who puts in three back-to-back seasons of 100 catches and 1,000 yards.

Also, Brady Quinn? Are you serious?

To all my Denver Broncos fans on here, let me remind you that yes, Josh McDaniels has set your franchise back many years with his dumb trades, and that yes, the Denver Broncos lost to the Oakland Raiders 20-19 in Week 15 at Mile High.

Brandon Marshall, I'm happy for you that you are no longer on that joke of a franchise they call the Denver Broncos. You can now go somewhere where they will pay you what you are worth. Not a cheap place like Denver.

Here's a joke: What's older than dirt? The Denver Broncos secondary.