Trading wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Miami Dolphins is not the end of the world for the Denver Broncos. In fact, this could be a great situation for Denver.
Marshall had behavioral issues with his former team and was seeking a lot of money. The Dolphins quickly made the receiver the highest paid player ever at the position, eclipsing Larry Fitzgerald’s contract.
Denver got second round draft picks in both this year’s and next year’s drafts. The Marshall deal is not unlike the bounty the Broncos received when trading quarterback Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears.
The Broncos can get more from two second round picks than they can for a four-year $47.5 million contract – with $24 million guaranteed.
Marshall is certainly a talented receiver - that cannot be disputed. He will give Miami’s Chad Henne a deep target to throw to. But the Broncos still have Eddie Royal – a talented receiver, Jabar Gaffney and Brandon Stokely – each reliable at the wide out position.
Denver quarterback Kyle Orton is certainly not flashy and he won’t require a huge playmaker like Marshall. He needs similar blue collar, hard working receivers and he still has those.
This is likely to be one of those trades that helps both teams.