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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Seattle should be bummed -- for now

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

The price for Denver Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall -- second-round choices in 2010 and 2011 -- was higher than the Seahawks anticipated.

Good for Denver. Bad for Seattle.

The Seahawks now enter the 2010 draft badly needing offensive firepower. Adding Marshall before the draft would have solved some of those problems, at least on paper.

I wonder whether the Jets' recent flurry of moves, including the addition of Santonio Holmes, put pressure on the Dolphins to keep pace in the AFC East.

The price Miami paid wasn't realistic for the Seahawks, in my view. Seattle is already without third-round choices in 2010 and 2011. Trading away second-round choices in both years would have left the Seahawks on the sideline for long stretches of the next two drafts, diminishing their ability to rebuild.

Losing out on Marshall should sting Seattle for a while, but overpaying could have had longer-term ramifications.