The Denver Broncos have traded star wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins will get two second-round picks, one in this year’s draft, and one in 2011, in return for Marshall.
According to reports, the Dolphins and Marshall have also agreed to a $47.5 million contract, with $24.5 million of that guaranteed. The deal makes Marshall the highest paid wide receiver in NFL history.
Marshall’s well-documented unhappiness with the Broncos came as a result on and off-the-field problems. Many have said the Pro Bowler never felt comfortable in Denver after the 2007 drive-by shooting of cornerback, Darrent Williams. Marshall and Williams were friends as well as teammates -- and Marshall witnessed the murder.
In February, Marshall testified in the murder trial of Willie Clark, who was convicted of the 2007 shooting.
He expressed a desire to leave Denver during the last offseason, but stayed on to have 10 touchdowns and 1120 yards for the 2009.
The deal is pending the results of a physical.
What does all this mean?
With the 2010 NFL Draft only a week away, this move sends ripples around the league. All signs now point to the Broncos drafting a wide receiver early in the draft. The Broncos have a glaring weakness at linebacker, but with their primary receiving target now being Jabar Gaffney, they must seek another playmaker for quarterback Kyle Orton. Gaffney had two touchdowns and 732 yards last season.
Meanwhile, over in the AFC East, the Dolphins have been in desperate need for a star receiver for their young quarterback, Chad Henne. Despite a few flashes of potential, Tedd Ginn Jr. has been a disappointment since being drafted in 2007.
How will Marshall fit in Miami? The lanky receiver with golden hands and moves has been a troubled receiver since entering the league, but Dolphins’ czar Bill Parcels has had a history of working well with such players.