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After his Trade Request From the Broncos, Could Brandon Marshall Be a Falcon?

Roosevelt HallContributor IJune 17, 2009

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 28:  Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos before the NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 28, 2008 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 52--21.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Did the Falcons release Michael Vick too soon?

Word out of Denver is that WR Brandon Marshall is seeking a trade out of Denver.

The Broncos already lost starting quarterback Jay Cutler, who also forced a trade, and Denver would have been a good spot to send Vick.

This could have been a win-win for both teams. Vick would have provided a back-up (or potential replacement) to the inconsistent Kyle Orton, while Marshall would have provided Matt Ryan with another dangerous receiver.

Actually, Marshall is good enough to supplant Michael Jenkins at the second WR spot. Jenkins has size similar to Marshall but lacks the play-making ability Marshall has.

Vick would not have been as sure a bet to start, but his versatility would have allowed him to be used as a gimmick player or in the now popular wildcat formation.

Trading Vick would have also left Atlanta with enough money to sign Marshall to the contract extension he was seeking.

Atlanta lost over $7 million dollars of cap space by releasing Vick, which could have been better spent trying to sign Marshall. They may still recoup some of that if Vick signs elsewhere but that is not a given.

As it is, Denver is probably going to look for something similar to the first and third round draft picks Detroit got for trading WR Roy Williams to the Cowboys last season.

Atlanta and Denver could have worked out a deal that wouldn’t have required trading away such high value picks, but alas we will never know what could have been.

Rumors are that Marshall is headed either to Chicago, where he would re-join Cutler, or to the Baltimore Ravens where he would give second-year quarterback Joe Flacco a big, young target he can grow with.

WR Derrick Mason was Flacco’s main target last year but he is 35 years old.

Many speculate that Baltimore won’t be willing to give up valuable picks to get the 25-year-old Marshall, but this team went pretty far last year and a receiving threat like Marshall could be the difference.

Wherever Marshall goes, he is going to have to tone down the off-field distractions or it won’t matter who he plays for.

If he continues to have issues off the field, then he will develop a T.O.-type reputation making him virtually untouchable.

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