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Denver Broncos Acquire RB Laurence Maroney from New England

Per Adam Schefter on Twitter, the Denver Broncos have acquired running back Laurence Maroney from the New England Patriots along with a sixth round pick for the Denver Broncos' fourth round pick in 2011.  Maroney was a first round pick of the Patriots in the 2006 NFL Draft, and has underachieved after a hot start to his career.

Still, last season Maroney had 757 yards rushing and nine touchdowns in 15 games. He was inactive for New England's season opener against Cincinnati.

I really like this move for the Broncos. They are weak at RB after Knowshon Moreno. Correll Buckhalter is a veteran, but has clearly lost a step and is nowhere near as effective as he was last year. He's also very injury prone. Lance Ball and Andre Brown are both young players with little or no NFL action at all.

The Broncos probably got Maroney at a bargain basement price. He is an effective back at times, but the Patriots obviously had no plans for him this year. It was a good move by them to get something for him while they still could.

Maroney has had some injury issues in the past, missing the entire 2008 season with a shoulder injury.

In his career, Maroney has rushed for 2,430 yards and 21 touchdowns, averaging 4.1 yards per carry. He also has 40 career receptions for 409 yards and a touchdown.