Dolphins get their Playmaker!
Well, well, well South Florida. It looks like Bill Parcells has done it again. The days of waiting on Ted Ginn Jr. to amount to anything is officially over. Miami has swooped in out of nowhere and landed the best, young wide receiver in the game today, Brandon Marshall. Marshall has been looking to get out of Denver for a couple years, and now he’s coming to the city of Miami. After signing a two year, $2.5 million tender with the Bronco’s, Marshall was fair game to be traded and that’s when the Dolphin’s made their move. After giving up their second-round draft picks in 2010 and 2011, Miami inked their new playmaker to a four-year, $47.5 million contract, making Marshall the highest paid receiver in National Football League history. This extension comes in at close to $29 million for the first three years and $24 million in guaranteed money.
Marshall had worn out his welcome in Denver and both sides were ready to move on. This is a risky pick-up for Miami as Marshall already has two strikes against him with commissioner Roger Goodell. He missed the 2008 season opener after multiple domestic disputes with a former girlfriend, and missed a few games last season for behavior detrimental to the team when he went ballistic in practice. This is where the mentoring process of Parcells is needed. He’s the one guy who can take a troubled wide receiver, (Terry Glenn, Keyshawn Johnson, and Terrell Owens), and turn their career around. If he can do this with Marshall then this trade is a steal; if not, Marshall could receive a year long suspension for his third strike. Here’s hoping for the former.
The Dolphins are finally getting the number one receiver that they have sorely needed in Marshall. He caught 101 passes for 1,220 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2009 and that was with Kyle Orton as his quarterback. This move gives QB Chad Henne a safety blanket that he can go to when people aren’t open because he knows that the talented wide out will make a play for him. With the Dolphin’s running game what it is, the addition of Marshall only cements Miami as one of the more feared balanced attacks in all of the AFC. As long as he can keep his head on straight, this is going to be an exciting time for Miami Dolphin’s football.