Report: Brandon Marshall Traded to Miami

  • April 14, 2010, 9:20 AM

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- A person familiar with the deal says the Denver Broncos are trading Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Miami Dolphins for a pair of second-round draft picks.

Marshall will fly to Miami on Wednesday for a physical, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the teams hadn't announced the deal.

After his physical, Marshall is expected to sign a long-term contract that he's been seeking for over a year.

Marshall has long wanted out of Denver, and he finally got his wish when the Broncos pulled off their second blockbuster deal in as many seasons under coach Josh McDaniels. Denver sent quarterback Jay Cutler to Chicago last April for Kyle Orton and a several draft picks.

Broncos spokesman Patrick Smyth said the team had no comment "at this time."

The Denver Post reported the Broncos will receive a second-round pick in next week's draft and another second-rounder in 2011 in exchange for Marshall, who signed his $2.521 million tender from the Broncos on Tuesday to help facilitate a trade.

Marshall represents the biggest trade acquisition by the Dolphins since running back Ricky Williams went to Miami in 2002 for four draft picks, including two first-rounders.

Miami is a surprise destination for Marshall because Dolphins coach Tony Sparano hadn't shown much interest in acquiring him. But football czar Bill Parcells, who has final say on personnel matters in Miami, has never shied away from talented-but-troubled wide receivers, working with Terry Glenn in New England, Keyshawn Johnson in New York and Terrell Owens in Dallas.

The Dolphins have been desperate for a deep threat at receiver to loosen up defenses for their potentially potent ground game and young, strong-armed quarterback Chad Henne.

Speedy Ted Ginn Jr. has been a disappointment since Miami took him with the ninth overall draft pick in 2007. Ginn and the other wideouts -- Brian Hartline, Davone Bess and Greg Camarillo -- combined for only six touchdown catches last season.

The acquisition of a top-line receiver frees up the Dolphins to use the No. 12 pick in the draft next week on the defensive front seven, where help is also needed.

The Broncos, who own the 11th pick in the first round, have many needs, especially at linebacker, but now will likely address wide receiver in the draft, as well.

Marshall's departure removes Orton's primary target and leaves the Broncos with Jabar Gaffney, who had 54 catches for 732 yards and two TDs last season, as their top receiver. Eddie Royal caught 37 passes with no TDs and Brandon Stokley had 19 catches, four for TDs.

In March, the Broncos slapped a first-round tender on Marshall, but teams were unwilling to part with a first-round draft pick as compensation to lure the restricted free agent out of Denver.

Marshall posted his third consecutive 100-catch season last year and made his second straight trip to the Pro Bowl despite several run-ins with McDaniels both on and off the field.

He was suspended for insubordination in training camp and again for the season finale after he was tardy for treatment on a hamstring injury the team felt he was exaggerating.

Still, Marshall caught 101 passes last season, including an NFL-record 21 in a loss at Indianapolis, for 1,120 yards. His 10 touchdowns were a career best.

Marshall has 327 career catches for 4,019 yards and 25 touchdowns in four seasons.

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i hope he does good i like the dolphins

i love dolphins im glad they have marshall

That was great trade for the Dolphins they totally took advantage of the trade with the 49ers they gave Ted Ginn to 49ers and get Marshall from the Broncos Dolphins might have a chance this year... only if they stack up on their draft picks

I am a pats fan and im getting kina wooried!

I know, but im also really worried

dude... i would not worry. its randy moss vs B. marshall. and u also have wes welker. worry no more. look at the QB stats too. how many super bowls have u won?

This was an absolutely terrible trade for the Broncos. They get rid of their marquee number 1 receiver for two second round picks! WHY!?!?!?! Even if he doesnt like the team, he'll continue to produce unless he completely bails out which wouldn't happen for a while. And only second rounders? I'd demand more for a player of his rank. I'm a Pats fan and I'm worried out of my mind cuz every one in the division is bulkin up- cept for the Pats. Theyre in more trouble with everyone now except for the Bills.

Marshall wont play any more for the broncos. at least u have 2 second rounders

I'm not sure why the Broncos were so urgent about getting rid of a premier wideout, they might be planing on a rebuilding season and want to stack up on draft picks.
Anyway, Denver was very lucky that Miami came along. The best offer that the Broncos had recieved at that point was for a 2nd round pick and a 5th round pick coming from the Seahawks. Instead they ended up with 2 2nd round picks.
Denver got alot from Miami, maybe too much, its hard to say. Only time will tell how much Denver gets out of this trade, depending on how they use the picks.
We do know that Miami has recieved one of the best wide recievers in football, WATCH OUT AFC EAST!!!

ya totally he is the, in my opinion, the best ATHLETE, not player athlete, in the afc. He's got speed, great hands and, and yards after catch. Terrible decision for the broncos great get for the dolphins the end. PEACE OUT!!!!!

Same here

I am a dolphin fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!.........YES!!!!!!!!!!! I AM SO HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Funny Story. My dad called me at school to tell me about marshall. All of the Jet fans at my school were talking about santonio holmes. and i told them about marshall, and one of them started crying:)

i did not do that 4 times!!! seriously!!!

awwww... :(

terrible trade

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they should have kept him. i am a Broncos fan.

He was going to leave sooner or later

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