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Musical Chairs: Brandon Marshall to the Miami Dolphins

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 31:  Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the 2010 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 31, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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erin flemingContributor IApril 14, 2010

It's official, after signing a tender agreement with the Broncos yesterday, Brandon Marshall was traded to the Miami Dolphins this morning.

The new pair wasted no time in getting a deal done, which is reportedly worth $47.5 million . Marshall, who has been one of the league's most consistent and explosive receivers in the past couple years, will surely make an impact in Miami in the coming seasons.

While the trade is big news, it is not that surprising considering the toxic relationship that developed between Denver and Marshall in the recent past. But what is surprising to me is the way teams are starting to handle their problem players.

We saw it most recently with Santonio Holmes of the Pittsburgh Steelers and now with Marshall. No matter what their level of talent is, teams are not willing to keep players with questionable character they way they used to.

I think this is taking the NFL in the right direction. Whether it is due to Commissioner Roger Goodell's strict policies, or teams just realizing that these athletes are not good for their team.

Hopefully, this sends a message to other athletes who are on the edge, and young rising stars who need to stay out of trouble.

On the other hand, what are these teams who trade for these players and reward them with long-term contracts thinking? Are they willing to lower their standards for talent?

Do they realize that these athletes have created problems with their former teams and are likely to do the same in their new situation? Who knows?

But, it is just a matter of time before they get into more trouble and cost their team valuable time.

On another note, this is the most trade action right before the draft I can ever remember. All these big names like Donovan McNabb, Holmes, and Marshall finding new homes will surely have a huge impact on Draft Day.

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