Fooch's Note: I'd imagine most of us are happy Marshall won't be heading up to Seattle.
The deal includes a five year extension worth $47.5 million, including $24 million guaranteed. Between Marshall and Dansby the Dolphins have spent almost $95 million on free agents. They've definitely taken advantage of the no cap this year.
Marshall has been in conflict with coaches in Denver since Josh McDaniels arrival, and had off-field problems before then. However he's an incredibly talented WR who has had three consecutive 1,000+ yard seasons since becoming the starter in 2007 (this despite missing at least one game each of those seasons.
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Once word leaked yesterday that Ginn was being shopped and that Marshall had signed his tender I figured that something had to be in the works, otherwise it makes no sense for Marshall to sign his tender.
I think this is an excellent deal for both teams, though I'm surprised the Broncos got two 2nd round picks for Marshall since the wide receiver market this off-season has seemed to be quite low. There was no way the Broncos were going to get a 1st round pick, not in this year's draft. This fills a huge need for the Dolphins in a position in which they need top flight talent.
Parcells has never taken a WR in the first round and the only WR who could be called an "alpha" wide receiver in the first round is surrounded by concerns. Chad Henne now has a great target to throw to, and the Dolphins running game should also be helped out as well.
As an interesting side note the Broncos host Tim Tebow this week, and the trading away of Brandon Marshall clears the number 15 from the roster which just happens to be the number that Tebow wears. Coincidence? Maybe not, but with two first round picks and two second round picks the Broncos have plenty of ammo to move up.