After reading a recent quote by Marshall I found myself thinking in terms not of this year's playoffs but acquiring the building blocks of a Super Bowl contender. The curiosity is what will Marshall's trade value be if he continues producing at the level he currently is and do we even want to trade him? If we can get a top flight defensive player and a reasonably high pick, say 2nd or 3rd rounder would that be a reasonable trade? Better yet, a 1st round pick and a starting DT?
Winning games on emotion may be workable in the regular season but you better have the horses in the post season. In other words, we're a few horses short of a top flight team and are unlikely to go deep into the playoffs. Rather than pay the big bucks to a man defined by question marks I'd say trade Marshall and spend the savings on free agency pickups.
I know, I know, we're still in the regular season and in the playoff hunt but it's never too early to lay the ground work for building a solid team. In the mean time I'm enjoying the demise of the Chicago Bears and the portent of getting a top ten pick next year as well as the thought of going into KC and kicking some royal butt this Sunday.