Brandon Marshall Traded to Miami Dolphins: Washington Redskins Miss Out

Evan HuntleyContributor IApril 14, 2010

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 15:  Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos halls in a pass for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on November 15, 2009 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins defeated the Broncos 27-17. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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Breaking news this morning on ESPN.com states that Brandon Marshall will be traded to the Miami Dolphins.

It was reported yesterday that Marshall had signed his tender offer with the Broncos, the first move to orchestrate a trade. 

In another huge trade this offseason, Miami gets Marshall—while the Denver Broncos will receive a 2010 second-round draft pick, as well as a 2011 second-rounder.  This news comes after numerous rumors regarding the Washington Redskins' interest in the star wide receiver.

For some Redskins fans, this may come as a bit of a disappointment. 

When trade rumors sparked and it became clear Marshall wanted out of Denver, many Washington fans and sports analysts alike stepped up in saying Marshall could be a good fit for the Skins. 

The main issue stopping the Redskins from pulling in Marshall had a lot to do with our lack of draft picks for bargaining purposes. With only one pick in the first four rounds (a pick we wouldn't be willing to part with), the only offer the Redskins might have been able to make would be a 2011 first-rounder.

Now none of this matters.  Marshall will officially be a Dolphin later today, and the possibility of seeing the talented receiver in burgundy and gold is no longer there.

But chins up, Redskins fans.  This is a good thing.

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While I'll admit that I fantasized about having a receiving corps of Marshall, Santana Moss, Devin Thomas, Fred Davis, Chris Cooley, and so on, and I knew how deadly the combination of Marshall and McNabb could be, this result ultimately works for the Redskins.

According to ESPN.com, Miami gets Marshall, but his deal is going to be pricey. In addition, the only rumored deal between Washington and Denver would have involved that 2011 first round pick.

The Redskins save the millions that would be spent on Marshall, as well as a valuable pick in the 2011 draft.  One of the criticisms of the Washington Redskins organization now is how they toss out all their draft picks, sometimes years in advance, in order to make big trades. 

This is an example of the Redskins holding back.  Though the benefits would have been huge, the cost of obtaining Marshall with no picks to bargain with was too much.  The fact that Washington bows out of the Marshall race is a good sign; the 'Skins know their limits.

Besides, the Redskins still have a solid group of receivers with two potential future stars in Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly.

I'm sure Dan Snyder would have absolutely loved to do this Marshall deal. That it didn't happen means that the big-Dan-Snyder-move era might be over, and the Redskins can focus on a more sensible method for building a team.

Rest assured, Brandon Marshall would have come to the 'Skins at a king's ransom, and it's best that we had no part in it.