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Monday, April 12, 2010
Holmes trade could affect Marshall

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

A high-profile wide receiver is on the move. But Brandon Marshall remains a Denver Bronco.

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Pittsburgh sent receiver Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets late Sunday night for a reported fifth-round pick.

The Holmes trade could have an impact on Marshall, who is a restricted free agent, and his potential trade from Denver.

Marshall’s trade worth: The Broncos can’t be thrilled that Holmes was dealt for a fifth-round pick. Denver wants a first-round pick for Marshall. So far, no team has been willing to give up a top pick for Marshall and time is running out.

Marshall is a better player than Holmes, but there are comparisons. Both players entered the league in 2006. Both players turned 26 in March. Both have been beset by legal issues.

Marshall has 101 catches for 1,120 yards last season. Holmes had 79 catches for 1,248 yards. In four seasons, Marshall has 327 catches for 4,019 yards. In the same time span, Holmes has 235 catches for 3,835 yards.

Teams that may be willing to trade for Marshall could easily point to Holmes’ low price tag in discussions.

The Jets are likely out: It was reported that the Jets could show interest in Marshall. The addition of Holmes very likely ends any speculation of Marshall heading to the Jets.

Are the Steelers in? Like Holmes, Marshall has faced off-the-field trouble and the Steelers aren’t exactly eager to add players who have had recent issues. But there is a hole in Pittsburgh’s receiving core. Perhaps the Steelers will show some interest.

The Marshall saga has been intriguing for months. The Holmes deal added to the drama.