Broncos score with Marshall deal

April, 14, 2010
4/14/10
12:25
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Ten months after saying he wanted to be dealt from Denver, Brandon Marshall is finally gone.

And the Denver Broncos have to rejoice with what they received in return.

Denver traded Marshall to Miami early on Wednesday morning for the Dolphins’ second-round pick next week and their second-round pick in 2011. The Dolphins' pick next week is No. 43.

This is a great deal for Denver. It couldn’t ask for more at this point. Remember, just four days ago, the Steelers sent Santonio Holmes to the Jets for a fifth-round pick.

Yes, Marshall is a better player than Holmes. But they are comparable players who are both 26 and who have dealt with off-field issues. Holmes is facing a four-game NFL suspension. But Marshall himself is one more slip-up away from getting a long NFL suspension.

The Broncos originally wanted a first-round pick for Marshall. But that was never going to happen. To get this deal so late in the process is outstanding.

Denver now has some nice drafting power in the second round. It has the Nos. 43 and 45 picks. It can now try to move up late into the first round and perhaps try to snare Florida center Maurkice Pouncey.

We’ll have much more on this huge trade throughout the day. Please check back often.

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Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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