There's a New Marshall in Miami

The Broncos now have a hole at receiver opposite third-year pro Eddie Royal, but they have plenty of draft picks to help them figure it out.

The Miami Dolphins acquired Denver Broncos WR Brandon Marshall for two second-round picks (2010 and 2011), the Broncos announced. The Dolphins announced the trade, but for undisclosed compensation.

The 6-4, 230-pound Marshall spent the previous four seasons with the Broncos (2006-09), where he played in 61 games with 327 receptions, 4,019 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Marshall, who was selected to his second consecutive Pro Bowl in 2009, played in 15 games (13 starts) and tied for third in the NFL with 101 receptions on the season, becoming the fifth player in league history to post three consecutive 100-catch seasons. He is second in the NFL since 1970 with 6.7 receptions per game started, and his eight 10+ catch games are the most in NFL history in a player's first four seasons. Marshall also set an NFL record with 21 receptions for 200 yards and two touchdowns at Indianapolis (12/13/09).

Marshall started 21 career games at wide receiver for the University of Central Florida and added seven starts at safety for the school during his junior year. He played 44 career games at UCF, posting 112 receptions for 1,674 yards (14.9 avg.) with 13 touchdowns. Marshall also ranked second in UCF annals for a season in receiving yards (1,195) while tying for sixth in touchdown catches (11) and tying for eighth in receptions (74) that year. Born March 23, 1984, Marshall was chosen as an all-state selection and was named the Seminole County Utility Player of the Year at Lake Howell High School in Winter Park, Florida.

While Marshall is arguably the NFL's most talent and gifted receiver, trading for him is risky based on his history of off-the-field issues.

This trade will probably go down as one of the best or worst in team history--nothing in between. Marshall will finally give Miami a badly needed passing option at receiver, but if he gets in to trouble again and gets suspended, the team may live to regret the move. But acquiring Marshall shouldn't be the last move they make at the position. Miami needs to find a quality receiver opposite Marshall who possesses speed.

Denver got what they could for the talented, but troubled wide receiver. Getting two second-round picks is very good value considering Marshall's off-the-field history.

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