Welcome to Miami!

The Denver Broncos decided today to trade greatness for potential, sending wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Miami Dolphins for two second-round draft picks, one this year and one in 2011. Marshall provided the Broncos with great plays but also a lot of headaches with his off-the-field problems. Now they don’t have to deal with the downsides any more, but can they find someone in the draft who is good enough to replace him?

On the Miami side of things this move makes some sense. Their receiving core is rather weak, and Marshall will make a great counter to the Jets’ recent acquisition of Santonio Holmes. I think the advantage goes to the Dolphins on this trade though; they don’t have to wait four games for Marshall to hit the field, and then they won’t have to pray that he isn’t high.

Marshall is now transferring from the Chargers-dominated AFC West to the much more competitive AFC East, a division full of amazing wide receivers like Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes, and probably some guy on the Bills who I’ve forgotten. It should be interesting to see how well he adapts and if he is able to shine on this new stage.

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