Brandon Marshall traded to Florida team (not the Bucs)
Just two days after former Super Bowl MVP receiver Santonio Holmes was traded, another elite receiver with baggage is on the move. Brandon Marshall was shipped from the Broncos to the Dolphins for two second-round picks, including the 43rd pick in next week's draft. And, of course, Bucs fans are screaming: Why couldn't the Bucs, a team in desperate need for a big-time receiver, have traded for Marshall?
There's no question that Marshall can play. He has caught more than 100 passes for more than 1,000 yards in each of the past three season. But he's active off the field, too. In 2008, the Rocky Mountain News reported that Douglas County (Colo.) deputies responded to "about 11 calls''' between January 2006 and 2008. He was arrested in 2007 after a domestic dispute, but those charges were dismissed after Marshall attended anger management counseling. He later was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. But the issue with the Broncos was mostly over his contract.
So what about it? Should the Bucs have gambled on Marshall? Before you say yes, don't you find it telling that both the Steelers (with Holmes) and the Broncos (with Marshall) were so intent on ridding themselves of their problem child that they were willing to deal them to teams inside their own conference? The Bucs already have a couple of players in the locker room who have displayed sketchy behavior. Adding another doesn't seem like the smartest move in the world -- even for a team that could use an elite receiver.