After all the hand-wringing about the possibility of troubled receiver Brandon Marshall possibly coming to Seattle, it appears he is headed elsewhere.
Mike Klis of the Denver Post is reporting that Brandon Marshall has been traded to Miami for a second round pick in this year’s draft, the No. 43 pick overall, and another pick in 2011, possibly a second rounder.
Miami is a surprise destination for Marshall because they appeared disinterested in bringing the 26-year-old receiver in the fold, but apparently Bill Parcells had a change of heart.
So with Marshall now headed to the Dolphins the Seahawks are still in need of a playmaker on offense, and will likely seek a receiver in the draft. Marshall’s move to Miami also give big receivers Mike Williams and Reggie Williams a better chance of being invited to training camp this summer.
Seattle appeared the likely destination of Marshall, with the team hosting him for a visit on the opening weekend of free agency. However, the Seahawks were unwilling to give up a first round draft pick. Further, with the recent news of linebacker Leroy Hill’s continuing legal issues, Seattle may have been hesitant to take on another player who has had off-the-field issues in his past.
Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Miami will give up a second rounder this year and in 2011 for Marshall.
UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Marshall signed a four-year, $47 million extension, giving him a total contract of $50 million when you add the $2.5 million tender he signed with Denver to facilitate the trade and making him the highest paid receiver in the league.
This is consistent with what I was hearing about Marshall, who wanted badly to be the highest paid receiver in the league, and certainly went into Seattle's decision on whether or not to sign Marshall. It appears that Seattle considered the price too high, both in terms of salary and compensation, to sign a receiver who has had off-the-field issues in his past.