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Receiver Marshall gets Miami, money

MIAMI — Bill Parcells, who knows a thing or two about talented, temperamental receivers, decided Brandon Marshall is worth the trouble.

Parcells, the Dolphins' executive vice president of football operations, also decided Marshall is worth two second-round draft picks and the big contract extension the receiver wanted.

Miami acquired the high-maintenance Pro Bowl wideout Wednesday for a second-round pick next week and one next year. Marshall arrived in the afternoon and had a physical. He then signed the biggest contract given to a receiver in league history.

ESPN reported Marshall agreed to a four-year extension worth $47.5 million, with $24 million guaranteed. That's in addition to the one year remaining on his Denver deal worth $2.5 million.

"This is home for me," said Marshall, 26, a standout at UCF. "I'm right up the road from Orlando. I'm a Florida boy!"

Marshall fills the Dolphins' most glaring need: a go-to guy who will loosen up defenses for Miami's potentially potent ground game and young, strong-armed quarterback, Chad Henne. However, the Broncos were willing to part with him because he became a chronic headache.

Marshall has a history of domestic violence, clashed with coach Josh McDaniels and was summoned to commissioner Roger Goodell's office. That didn't dissuade Parcells, who had mixed results working with headline-making receivers Terry Glenn in New England, Keyshawn Johnson in New York and Terrell Owens in Dallas.

The Dolphins didn't comment beyond a brief news release. Said McDaniels, "I'm happy and excited for Brandon to have an opportunity to do something that he's wanted to do."

Goodell: Will know soon if Roethlisberger gets punished

Commissioner Roger Goodell said he will decide soon whether to punish Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for his off-the-field troubles. "We'll continue to gather more information," Goodell said at a dinner honoring Steelers chairman Dan Rooney in Pittsburgh. "We'll consider it and make a decision in the near future. We like to be thorough."

Goodell and Roethlisberger met for several hours Tuesday in New York, one day after Roethlisberger learned he would not be charged in the alleged sexual assault of a Georgia college student. Roethlisberger remains involved in a Nevada civil lawsuit that alleges he sexually assaulted a hotel employee there. The league could punish the two-time Super Bowl winner under its code of conduct.

Meanwhile, Roethlisberger took part in offseason conditioning work for the first time this spring. Most Steelers began weightlifting and conditioning sessions March 29, but Roethlisberger had stayed away to avoid being a distraction.

Eagles: Former Bucs quarterback Jeff Garcia, 40, said he has talked to the team he led to the NFC East title in 2006 about returning but nothing is imminent. The Eagles traded quarterback Donovan McNabb to Washington last week

Probation for Leaf: Former quarterback Ryan Leaf was sentenced to 10 years of probation after pleading guilty to eight felony drug charges in Amarillo, Texas. Leaf, 33, also was fined $20,000.

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