Marshall Wouldn't Seem to Be in Plans
Before kickoff last night, many of you emailed me to ask about Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall. The moment I heard that Denver had suspended Marshall, I figured you guys would want to know if the Redskins would attempt to trade for him.
I'm still waiting to hear back from a few sources, but my early reaction is that I don't see the Redskins making a move for Marshall if the Broncos were to trade him. Marshall's trade value has plummeted with his recent "detrimental" conduct, as Denver Coach Josh McDaniels put it. On the heels of the whole Jay Cutler mess, I don't envision the Broncos would be willing to give away Marshall.
There's also the issue of the new contract Marshall is seeking. And the Redskins used two high draft choices last season on Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly to address their need for a big receiver to play opposite top wideout Santana Moss.
The organization has put a lot of time and resources into Kelly, who was unable to contribute as a rookie because of a major knee problem the team was aware of when it drafted him. He had microfracture surgery in the offseason and has displayed play-making ability this preseason - more than enough to be given a real shot to succeed in this league. Thomas started slowly in the preseason but made a move against the Patriots, displaying a good burst as the primary kickoff returner and making plays in traffic on offense.
Obviously, Marshall is a big-time talent. Given the mess occurring with him in Denver, the Broncos, I would imagine, would be willing to move him for the right price. I'm just not sure they could get a high draft pick for this guy at the moment.
And for the Redskins, they already have two guys on their roster who could become as good as Marshall, at some point, if they are permitted to learn and grow. Or at least that's what the Redskins must believe. Otherwise, why did they use two high picks on the same position in the same draft.?
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