Brandon Marshall Traded to Miami
Never has the trade of a player in a different conference to a team in a different conference been such a relief to us. We heard 10+ times a day how the Cowboys MUST trade for ex-Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
Now Cowboys fan can settle down, as Marshall has been shipped to Miami. The move surprises us a bit from the standpoint of ‘Phins. Bill Parcells is known to not want “hoodlums” on his team, but Marshall’s talent is so undeniable that it is worth the risk, even to Parcells.
Miami is expected to make Marshall one of the richest wide receivers in NFL history. The deal should approach Larry Fitzgerald’s $10 million per year.
That salary is one of the reasons Marshall was never coming to Dallas. The Cowboys are already in the midst of a $45 million deal with Roy Williams and have yet to pay Miles Austin (don’t worry, Austin will get his money).
Another reason for Marshall’s absence in Dallas is the compensation Denver received. Miami will ship their 2010 second-rounder and what is believed to be a pick in the same round in 2011 to Denver. Miami has a fairly early second round pick this season. Denver likely would prefer two second-rounders from Miami even over Dallas’ first-rounder this year, so the Cowboys probably would have had to surrender more than the 27th overall selection to acquire Marshall’s services.
Would you have yielded that pick, another selection, and made Marshall the highest-paid wide receiver in league history (or close to it)? That is an obvious ‘no’ for us.