Seriously...I think many here are throwing out the baby with the bathwater. So yeah, we tendered Marshall with only a 1st instead of a 1st and 3rd. Why is this a smart move? Follow me after the jump to see why. Relax...take a deep breath. Everything is going to be okay.
- Tendering only a 1st keeps his price down for us if no one agrees to a deal with him. I don't think it is likely, but if no one makes an agreement with him, we get him on the cheap.
- A low tender gets more teams involved with negotiations with Marshall. Teams are going to be biting and clawing to get his services. This is actually good for Denver because the quick way around competition will be for a team to make a deal directly with us for Marshall. Once someone does this, many of the teams wanting Marshall will back out because he instantly will cost more to pry loose. (A trade like this would most likely not be open-ended...the team would agree to terms with Marshall before it happened most likely)
- Denver still holds the trump card here: If some schmuck team signs Brandon and all we're getting is a late 1st for him, we can agree to the deal they made and keep him. Remember...it is an uncapped year. Marshall is worth a lot. We know he is and we value what he does on the field. This is like a filibusterer in congress...we threaten with it to force negotiations.
So don't freak out Bronco nation. This was a smart move by the FO until they prove otherwise. When Marshall leaves for a late round 1st, I'll come back and eat my words...and start calling for heads to roll in the FO. That ain't happening though people. We'll draft Tim Tebow in the first round before we trade Marshall for a late 1st straight-up.
OMGOSH...what if this is all a plan to nab Tebow!? Chime in people...maybe we get Baltimore's late pick and use it for the guy who out jumped every other QB at the combine. SWEEET!!!! (sarcasm intended)