NFL Trade Rumors: Brandon Marshall to Washington?

Kevin Roberts@BreakingKevinSenior Writer IFebruary 17, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 13: Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Colts won 28-16.(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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This isn't news, folks. Heck, it's not even a rumor . Just pure, unbridled speculation.

Call it "thinking out loud", if you will (and even if you won't ).

But wouldn't a trade to Washington make a lot of sense for both Washington and Denver?

True, Brandon Marshall has backed off his trade demands of late, saying he wants nothing more than to be a Bronco, but in reality, he wants nothing more than to get paid .

He wants a new, long deal, and he wants to play somewhere he'll be comfortable, and he wants to be somewhere where he's considered valuable.

Judging by Josh McDaniels' actions through his first season (and offseason), at the very worst, it doesn't appear that he considers Marshall, or any receiver, to be valued above the rest.

But let's put the pieces together.

While Marshall may in fact not actually want out of Denver, so much as he'd just like his money, how happy do you think he'd be to find himself being the key weapon in a Mike Shanahan-led offense, yet again?

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You can write down all the Marshall, Pat Bowlen, and Josh McDaniels quotes you want. The fact is, Marshall would love it, and paper tells us it'd be a beautiful thing.

Marshall has already experienced life without Shanahan and Jay Cutler. He's already proven he can be a star in a different offense and with an average quarterback.

The "want" and "why" is there. But let's take it a little further.

Shanahan is inheriting a team with one proven, star receiver in Santana Moss, a guy who has been riddled with injuries and inconsistent play (although not always being his fault) for his entire career.

Moss is aging, and the two receivers Washington drafted to help the receiving corps three years ago, Devin Thomas and Malcom Kelly, well, they haven't progressed as the Redskins had hoped.

With the fourth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Redskins have a pick that coud get them a new quarterback, and with their second round pick, they could start re-building their atrocious offensive line.

Add a potentially healthy and re-inspired Clinton Portis to the mix, and this offense could be on it's way to a complete turn around.

So what happens if you throw an elite receiver like Marshall in there with Moss and the remaining holdovers from that 2007 draft class (receivers)? That's right, you suddenly have a legit group of receivers, paired with a healthy Chris Cooley, along with another option at tight end, Fred Davis.

And of course, there's always the idea that Jason Campbell will stick around (guaranteed for one more year), and if he works out under Shanahan, that gives the organization a ton of flexibility at one of the more important positions.

The major road-block in a Marshall and Shanahan reunion? The competition for Marshall.

Plenty of other receiver-needy teams will want and go after Marshall, which may make the Redskins weak players in the trading game.

Then again, it's no secret that Denver owner Pat Bowlen always held Shanahan in high regard, and if he had to give away one of his most coveted players, letting him go to Shanahan's Redskins might be higher on his list than we think.

Just think about all the trades Eric Mangini pulled off with the New York Jets last year with Cleveland. Or how the Patriots dealt Matt Cassel to Scott Pioli and the Kansas City Chiefs (along with Mike Vrabel).

It's not that it will or should happen. It's that it could happen. And considering we're in an era where anything is possible, and we never know who's lying or telling the truth, it's best to keep every door open.

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