Did Marshall incident hurt trade value?

March, 14, 2012
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Former Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall was caught in the middle of yet another controversy early Sunday morning. The enigmatic receiver was traded to the Chicago Bears two days later for two third-round picks.

The initial reaction was the compensation Miami received was lower than market value. Marshall is a player in his prime coming off a Pro Bowl season. The Dolphins traded two second-round picks to get Marshall just two years ago.

But there is a chance Marshall's alleged incident could have lowered his trade value. There are conflicting reports on what happened during an alleged altercation at a New York nightclub. A woman claims Marshall hit her during a melee, while Marshall's reps deny it.

The Bears released a statement Wednesday saying Chicago and Miami were aware of the alleged incident but still went forward with the trade. Marshall is no stranger to trouble. He's had off-the-field incidents in both Denver and Miami.

It's unknown if Marshall is innocent or guilty in this latest case. That will be determined later. But what Marshall hasn't learned is how to avoid being in the wrong place at the wrong time. That is something Chicago now has to handle, not Miami.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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