Ok, I'm a fan of wishing Brandon a fond farewell... yes, I would love to see him continue as a Bronco, but I think they just have to make this deal and move on. If there is no deal to be made for a R1 2010 pick... then what about the Rams?
The Rams are poised to take Bradford as their QBotF. What about their R2P1 (33) and R4P1 (65) for Marshall?
Sure, they may be able to select one of the top 3 WRs in the draft, but what would help them more - a rookie on the same learning curve as their new QB or a veteran? You know they're not afraid to take on a character concern (see Leonard Little). Denver gets decent value in return and while it's not a R1 pick, it's not bad value.
Then, what about a trade with the Bengals - their R3P20 (84) for Scheffler?
That would give Denver - #11, #33, #45, #65 and #80. Three solid picks for two guys that McD apparently feels the need to part ways with, so barring a blockbuster deal for #14 with SEA... I think I could live with these deals.
And, ideally if Clausen does fall to #11... we entertain a trade down in R1 that may keep us between picks 15-23 while picking up another R2 or R3.
If that could happen ... I think we could address a lot of concerns on both sides of the football. Right now, Denver has 6 picks... these 2 deals would give them 5 in the first 3 rounds.