70% of voters think Marshall should be traded; what's best for the future?


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Let me begin by acknowledging that I'm certainly out of the majority on this topic, the pending(ish) Brandon Marshall trade.

Mile High Report currently has a vote up asking if the Broncos should trade Brandon Marshall for a first round draft pick and a serviceable WR. And the answer, after nearly 1500 votes, was a very definitive yes. In fact, seven out of ten devout Bronco fans apparently agree that, should the opportunity arise, Mr. Marshall should hit the road.

I'm hoping to raise some dialogue relating to the different schools of thought regarding this hypothetical trade.
But let's begin by (hopefully) agreeing on two things, (a) Brandon Marshall, the athlete, has been an amazingly talented, hard working young receiver on the field, and (b) Brandon Marshall, the trouble maker, has been an embarrassment to the entire Broncos organization and continues to be a perpetual suspension threat.

The following question is pretty simple, yet it is the answer that will have us drifting apart. Would the overall team be better served by letting Brandon Marshall go?

My answer is no, unequivocally no. The team will never get a knock-your-socks-off offer for Brandon at this stage, and anything less would send a message that the employees are in charge, not the management.

To play devil's advocate for a moment, it can be argued that the best thing for the team is to make Marshall happy by either renegotiating his contract or by trading him. Having a second young and potential-filled pro-bowler unhappy and wanting to leave is bad for team morale. Also, this situation serves to illustrate a locker room in chaos and a team in disarray (devil's advocate, remember).

It can be further argued that teammates might begin to look at Marshall and see a greatly under-paid talent who is essentially being ignored and backdoor'd by an owner and HC who simply don't care about their players.

On the other side, however, many would contend that the locker room is now full of great character and veteran leadership, and that those men whose lockers surround Brandon's are fully aware of how slow the wheels of business turn (relating to contract negotiations). And they are well aware of Marshall's off-field issue, multiple arrests, pending court cases, his previous suspension, and that a second suspension for a previous infraction remains a blurry possibility. His teammates know that Brandon skipped OTA's and mandatory events. They know that he had hip surgery in the off-season without notifying the team. And they know that he hasn't allowed the team to evaluate him, post surgery.

In all likelihood, Brandon's own teammates would actually respond worse to Marshall's demands being fulfilled than if he was benched for the entire season. Giving into Marshall would set a precedent; it would essentially be a how-to book for players to get what they want for the distant future. Why wouldn't ‘The Ryans' then jump up with their hand out, explain that they've outperformed (and not even gotten into trouble!), and now want more money or traded?

At the end of the day, I'm not really sure that any of this really matters. I mean the market for receivers doesn't exactly appear as plentiful as the supply. And Marshall remains of the riskiest in that group.

The NFL is littered with troubled receivers wanting to be picked up or demanding to be traded. Those men have been on the market for quite a while now. Marshall is currently looking at a second suspension from a commissioner who doesn't give many chances. And his post-surgery hip hasn't even been looked at or evaluated by any team doctors.

So, is his hip what it was? When will he be arrested for the 15th time? And when will his indefinite suspension come? Given all the question marks surrounding our talented young pro-bowler, getting a first round pick and a serviceable WR in trade for him - with the receiving team knowing he'll immediately want a lucrative new contract - is unlikely.

But why would that have been a good deal anyway for us Denver fans anyway? Wouldn't it be better to just bench Marshall and take the hit for one season, than to set the precedent that players run the team for the next five years? Not to bring up sore feelings about the Cutler trade, but he asked to be traded and got his wish. If that happens again, doesn't it become a rule?

I'd just like to conclude by saying that my opinion is that this will work out with Marshall wearing orange and blue, scoring touchdowns in September. Time is on management's side, and Marshall doesn't have any outs. Although, I think he realizes that now. He should be at camp on time and in good spirits. He should get his raise and extension once he proves his hip works and stays out of trouble for at least half the season.

I look forward to any thoughts on the Marshall situation. Thanks for reading my first FanPost!

This is a Fan-Created Comment on The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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