Denver has shipped WR Brandon Marshall to the Dolphins, the Broncos confirmed Wednesday morning.
Denver will receive a second-round pick (43rd overall) in next week's draft and a second-round pick in the 2011 draft.
Marshall still needs to pass a physical, but if he passes the physical, he will sign a new contract with the Dolphins. ESPN reports Marshall will sign a four-year, $47 million extension that adds to his one-year, $2.5 million deal for 2010. The contract will include $24 million guaranteed.
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Earlier this offseason, Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano said he didn't think Marshall would be a good fit for his team. Either Sparano changed his mind or Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland, who make the personnel decisions, overruled him, because Miami unloaded two valuable second-round picks and spent a sizable chunk of cash to get an elite receiver that comes with baggage that may have initially concerned Sparano.
Marshall is one violation of the league's personal-conduct policy away from receiving a stiff punishment from the NFL. It has already suspended him once. The next time, Marshall could be given an entire season off by Commissioner Roger Goodell. Of course, Marshall is also always one catch away from breaking free and heading into the endzone.
He's exactly the receiver Miami needed and should boost an offense that needed a threat to pick up yards after the catch.
The Dolphins have a nice set of complementary receivers around Marshall in Davone Bess, Greg Camarillo and Brian Hartline, who showed promise as a rookie last season. Patrick Turner, who was drafted ahead of Hartline last year, could also develop into a weapon in the passing game, although his transition to the pros has been difficult.
Miami still has speedy Ted Ginn Jr. under contract as well, although the team is reportedly shopping him. The Dolphins apparently tried to deal Ginn away before last year's trade deadline as well, but were unable to get anything done. There may be a team willing to swap a low pick for Ginn on the last day of the draft this year, but it wouldn't be a surprise if Ginn was still a Dolphin after the draft.
It's unlikely that Miami would simply cut Ginn. Opposing teams with interest in the receiver-kick returner may be willing to wait out the Dolphins in the hope they will do just that before next season.
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