From the Broncos' standpoint, they were ridding themselves of a prima donna problem child. A player who wouldn't play by the rules, and a player who wasn't locker-room friendly.
The Broncos could not deal with Marshall's Diva attitude, so they traded him to the Dolphins for two second-round draft picks, one in this year's draft, and one in next year's draft.
Why would the Miami Dolphins want a player like this?
He is an absolute playmaker. He has had three straight seasons with 100 or more receptions.
He fills a need that makes their offense a legitimate threat, and paired with good defense, makes them a legitimate contender.
They want weapons for their young stud, Chad Henne. Henne went with the Front Office last year to try out receivers before the Draft.
In doing so, he felt a gel with Brian Hartline and that is who Miami drafted in the later rounds. Marshall makes Henne that much better.
Whom does this acquisition effect?
The entire receiving corps: This move is a blessing for Brian Hartline, Davone Bess, Ted Ginn Jr., Greg Camarillo, and Patrick Turner.
People knocked Miami's lack of talent at receiver, which was the result of not having a No. 1 receiver. With Marshall, teams will have less focus on slot receiver Davone Bess, deep threat Ted Ginn, and No. 2 receiver Brian Hartline. This situation is as beneficial to Miami's current receivers as it is to Brandon Marshall.
Chad Henne: Chad has to be loving life right now. Miami signed Dansby to help keep points off the board, and now Miami traded for Marshall, which is going to help put points on the board.
Henne's rocket arm paired with Marshall's tenacity and playmaking ability will be a deadly combo. If Marshall can keep his head on straight, this could be a great combination for at least the next five years, which is how long his current contract runs.
Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams: Miami had one of the best run games in the NFL, even when teams stacked eight in the box. Their receivers were not seen as deep threats, so they could put an extra man close up to the line of scrimmage for run support.
With Marshall, teams will not be able to do that as much. Not only will Marshall prevent many eight-in-the-box formations, he will most likely draw a double team. Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown will have more room to run, and behind their hard-working offensive line, they will be dangerous for opposing defenses.
The Fans: Dolphins fans finally have that guy who can put them in awe every time the ball is snapped. Whether it is from a big catch, or springing a block that propels a touchdown run, Marshall's presence will cause a huge ripple effect.
What does Brandon Marshall bring to the table ?
The Good :
Most receptions in a game (21)
Most receptions in a span of five NFL games (55)
Only the third second-year player to record 100 receptions in a season
One of five players to have three consecutive seasons of over 100 receptions
Since 1960, the first player to have eight games of 10 receptions in his first four seasons
Pro Bowl selection in 2008 and 2009
Two-time offensive player of the week (Week 2: 2008, Week 14: 2009)
Pudding Pie Award Winner as MVP of the Thanksgiving night game (2009)
Charitable donations and work for his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi
As a Pittsburgh native, he is helping to rebuild Larimer Park, located on the East Side of the city
The Bad :
Several calls have been made about disputes at home with Marshall and his girlfriend.
As a UCF student, he was arrested for disorderly conduct, assault on an officer, and resisting arrest, all on one instance.
In 2007, he was cited for driving under the influence, going under probation for one year, and having to complete 24 service hours.
While many of the charges have been dropped, Marshall could have a hard time behaving around the Miami night life.
Marshall was a distraction all season for the Broncos, angrily protesting his current contract.
Marshall milked a hamstring injury, and showed up late for a physical therapy session, forcing the team to suspend him for the final game of the season. That final game was a pivotal game in the Broncos' push to make the playoffs.
Which team benefits most from this deal ?
Both teams did. The Broncos got compensation for the player they no longer wanted, and the Dolphins finally got their No. 1 receiver. It is no doubt that Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland both ended the phone call saying, "It was a pleasure doing business with you."
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