After weeks of speculation, a deal has finally gone through. Early this morning, the Broncos shipped off Marshall for a pair of second round picks in the next two drafts. The entire Broncos organization has been split on this ordeal. It’s obvious that Marshall was the Broncos number one offensive player last year. His stats mammothed those of Royal, Stokley and Gaffney. He won several games for the Broncos on his acts alone. With out his feats the Broncos could have easily been picking in the top 5 this year. On the other hand, he caused a lot of drama in the locker room. His actions proved to be a distraction. He had a hold out in the presason last year. He had a bad attitude towards the end of the season and was ultimately benched for the last game.
This offseason his name has been in the news quite a bit. With him being a F/A and his disagreements with Josh McDaniels. It was inevitable he was out the door. Many teams showed interest, especially the Seattle Seahawks, who flew out Marshall and his then fiancée to Seattle.
While several teams showed interest, there was always one constant problem, no one wanted to give up their first round pick for Marshall. On the last day of eligibility, McDaniels placed a first round tender on Marshall. Meaning, the Broncos would have the right to match any offer from any team, and if they did not, the Broncos would receive a first round pick in return. That really turned off a lot of teams. No one wanted to risk their pick after they saw how Marshall acted in the previous offseason. So after a month of stand still, Marshall signed his tender, hence breaking his bonds and making him available to any team. And it didn’t take long. Only hours after Marshall signed his tender, he was traded to the Miami Dolphins.
So how does this effect both teams? Check out our break down of both the Dolphins and the Broncos:
In a little over a calender year Josh McDaniels has managed to dispose of his star QB and his star WR. He has cleaned house, as some might say, but with no improvement. The Broncos still finished .5o0 last year without Jay Cutler. Now how will they fair with out their best offensive weapon? McDaniels has taken a lot of heat of this whole mess. And…well, he pretty much deserves every bit of it. If Dick Vermeil was a players coach, then McDaniels is the exact opposite. His terrible people skills have…to be quite frankly, pissed off a lot of people. And after this deal, he pissed off quite a few more. Now all this would have been fine if the Broncos made it to he playoffs and won a game. But they didn’t. If they don’t win the division this year, McDaniels time could be up.
Where do the Broncos stand now? Well basically, they have two mediocre QB’s, an overrated RB and no WR’s. Some say that Royal’s sophomore season was a fluke, but maybe it was his rookie season that was a fluke. His play really suffered in McDaniels new system. And by the looks of it, things might not change. On the other hand, some fans say Gaffney could replace Marshall. Well one good game out of 16 doesn’t grant you the title of replacing a pro bowl WR.
If you step back and look at this, there is no way the Broncos go into the season with this group of WR. So what would be the Broncos number one option? Dez Bryant, a Marshall clone in every way. Even down to the attitude. Now you might think, why in the world would the Broncos trade a diva just to draft one a week later? Because this diva is different. He would be a clean slate for McDaniels, no previous rifts, no other impressions on him. If McDaniels wants to be the best coach in the NFL like he acts like he is, then he should be able to handle players like this. And that doesn’t mean trade them off, it means having a good relationship with the player and having that player player play to the best of his ability. Maybe McDaniels would risk his job and take Dez at 11 and turn him into a star. You’ll find out next Thursday.
The Miami Dolphins-
After an amazing season two years ago, the Dolphins kinda ran out of momentum last year. Their “wild-cat” gimmick started to wear off and injuries plagued them. This year they seemed to have all the right pieces for the most part: A new QB, a new DC and a new leader on the defense. One of missing pieces was a solid number 1 WR. Now they scored big time with Marshall. This makes them 100% more dangerous. With a combination of Williams and Brown running the ball and Marshall catching it, the Dolphins will be very hard to stop offensively this year. Last year Henne showed flashes, but did the best he could with Ginn Jr. catching his passes. Marshall will give Henne more confidence going into his first year as a full time starter. It will be a win-win for both players.
The funny thing about Marshall going to the Dolphins, is the fact just a few weeks ago Coach Sparano said that Marshall wouldn’t be a good fit for the Dolphins. It’s amazing how that can change with a signature on Marshall’s part. So was that all just a bluff on Sparano’s side or did Tuna push for this deal to go through, without Sparano agreeing? Only time will tell.
The other part of this deal is that it allows the Dolphins to pick up their second biggest need. Blitzing LB’s. That can be taken care of at 10 next week. The Dolphins would pretty much have first pick on blitzing players. Guys like: Graham Kindle, Pierre-Paul and Morgan. Any of those guys would be great, but Graham and Kindle would be the best options.
After all the dust settled, two second round picks doesn’t seem like that bad of a price. Last year the Broncos pretty much drafted three busts in the second round, so any thoughts of the Broncos taking those second round picks and drafting a super star could be thrown out the window. The Dolphins escaped with a pretty good deal, a proven player is always better than a shot in the dark with draft, especially with drafting being McDaniels biggest flaw. Now maybe this all changes this year and the Broncos get solid second round talent, it won’t effect the Dolphins immediately. Down the road, maybe.
So on paper it looks like the Dolphins won in this deal, but “on paper” doesn’t mean crap in the NFL. Unfortunately like everything else in the NFL, we will have to wait until September and on to find out the real winners. But as of right now, Miami has a top 5 WR and the 10th pick and the Broncos have Captain Protein and Jabar Gaffney.
Check in Thursday for more details on this deal and how the Broncos used their second round pick.