NFL Trade Reaction: Brandon Marshall Makes Miami Dolphins a Whole New Beast

Michael PintoSenior Writer IApril 14, 2010

DENVER - OCTOBER 04:  Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after the final play against the Dallas Cowboys during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on October 4, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. Marshall caught a game winning 51 yard reception late in the fourth quarter as the Broncos defeated the Cowboys 17-10.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Denver Broncos have agreed to trade wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Miami Dolphins for a second-round pick in next week's draft and what sources say will be an additional second-round pick in 2011.

Marshall is scheduled to fly to Miami to take a physical and, if he passes, will sign what is expected to be one of the most lucrative deals for a receiver in NFL history. 

The Dolphins finally get the play-making wideout they need to take their offense to the next level and the Broncos will be able to collect solid value on a player that has been trouble on and off the field.

At 26 years old, Marshall is one of the best receivers in the league, with a lot of room for further development. He instantly becomes the best wideout on the Dolphins roster and arguably their best offensive player, period. 

Last season he caught 101 passes for 1,120 yards and 10 touchdowns, significantly more than any of Miami's receivers were able to collect. With him on board, the development of second-year starting quarterback Chad Henne is expected to fast track now that he finally has a legitimate No. 1 receiver. 

With one of the best offensive lines in the NFL and a solid core of running backs, Miami now boasts a significantly improved passing game as well. 

Davone Bess, Greg Camarillo, and Brian Hartline are all considered to be solid No. 2 receivers, but they lacked the potential to truly break a game open and make the big plays an elite player like Marshall is able to do.

Now that he's on board, those three will thrive in a complementary role alongside him.

With Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown in the backfield, and now Marshall and the rest of Miami's receiver core on the outside, the Dolphins one-dimensional offense is now a layered beast that will be very difficult to slow down. 

Teams won't be able to stack the box against the run with Marshall, Bess, Hartline, and Camarillo waiting in the wings.

It's difficult to see where Tedd Ginn Jr. fits into all this, and it appears he will likely be dealt after a very disappointing 2009 campaign. There just doesn't appear to be any room for him anymore, although he may be kept as a return specialist; an area he thrived in at times last season.

The trade also means the end of the Dolphins pursuit of Dez Bryant in next week's draft. Miami was rumored to have a lot of interest in the former Oklahoma State wideout with a checkered past, but you can't read too much into that now.

Marshall fills the need at receiver and more, and with so many more pressing needs such as nose tackle, free safety, and outside linebacker, Miami is expected to go that route instead.

So as we await Marshall's arrival in Miami, it's safe to say that the Dolphins are ready to take the next step in their rebuilding process. Making a blockbuster trade is something teams close to winning a title do, not up-and-comers. 

Are the Dolphins a contender now? That may be taking it a step too far, but a solid draft and a couple more free agent additions could make that happen. If the holes in Miami's defense are filled, there really won't be a weakness with this franchise.

Brandon Marshall just turned the Dolphins into a whole new animal. Feel free to get excited.


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