Just when you think we’re in the clear when it comes to trade rumors with our beloved NFL franchise, a tip hits our inbox about Cleveland being a possible destination for malcontent Denver Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall.
Theory is (at least per PFT) that the Browns would ship special-teamer extraordinaire Josh Cribbs and a draft pick to Dever for Marshall. Piling on, rumors also have Baltimore as a possible landing spot for Marshall. However, if the Browns were to trade for him, it would open the doors for the Browns to move Braylon Edwards – perhaps to Baltimore?
Where do I begin on this one?
First things first. Brandon Marshall is an amazing football player. He has averaged 100 receptions and 1300 yards over the past two seasons. Meaning, he catches the football; something that we can’t say has been around these parts very often. In fact, he had more touchdowns (two) than the entire Browns offense (zero) from week 12 on.
If we could land someone of Marshall’s talent level to play on the other side of the field from Braylon Edwards, this would open up the run game even more than adding four or five more run-of-the mill offensive linemen. The cost can be debated, as a lot of fans love Josh Cribbs. However, if Eric Mangini plans on only using Cribbs on special teams, you have to at least consider this, right? Also, what the “draft pick” would be would also play into this. No chance I’m giving up a first-rounder, especially given the fact that we have added several wide receivers over the past few months.
But that’s about where the analysis of the deal ends.
Fact of the matter is that Brandon Marshall could not possibly be further from a “Mangini guy” than anyone else in the NFL save for Terrell Owens and perhaps Chad Johnson/Ocho Cinco.
Marshall wants to leave Denver over contract issues. Eric Mangini and George Kokinis have obviously shown us all that their stance on contract issues is one that rarely favors the players. Kellen Winslow, gone. Sean Jones, gone – albeit through free agency. Josh Cribbs, back in camp without a new deal. Phil Dawson, reported to minicamp as the team showed zero concern for his issues. Why would the Browns want to add another guy who wants more money, when they were left with a very unfavorable cap situations as it is?
The other issue is Marshall’s laundry list of off-field problems. If you’re unfamiliar, check this out:
October, 2004: Misdemeanor charges of trespass, resisting arrest without violence, disorderly conduct, refusal to obey and assault on a police officer. (Later dismissed)
April, 2005: Retail theft of $20 bed sheets at Burlington Coat Factory. (Later dismissed)
June, 2006:Reports of domestic violence, no charges ever filed.
December, 2006:Was named as a possible cause that ultimately led to the death of cornerback Darrent Williams via drive-by shooting after spraying champagne on night club patrons.
January, 2007: Incident with his own father that reportedly included gun shots. No charges were filed.
March, 2007: Reports of domestic violence, no charges filed.
March, 2007: Arrested for false imprisonment and domestic violence, charges were later dismissed after attending anger management classes.
June, 2007: Reports of domestic violence, including an “accidental cut” on his girlfriends thigh and a rock thrown at the passenger side of her friends’ car. No charges were filed.
June, 2007: Police respond to “fight-in-progress” call and find girlfriend with noticeable bruises and scratches. No Charges filed.
October, 2007: Cited for driving under the influence, BAC of 0.116.
January, 2008: Girlfriend files for temporary restraining order, was later lifted.
March, 2008: Domestic violence call, ultimately resulting in Marshall fleeing the scene. Girlfriend would then file for another temporary restraining order.
August, 2008: Suspended for three games by the NFL. After appeal, the league reduced the suspension to one game without pay plus a fine.
September, 2008: Charged with two misdemeanor counts of simple battery as a result of the incident the previous March.
September, 2008: A year after being cited for DUI in Denver, Marshall pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of driving while ability-impaired. He was sentenced to one year of probation.
February, 2009: Became engaged to then girlfriend Michi Nogami-Campbell, a different female than the one named in the incidents above.
March, 2009: Marshall and Nogami-Campbell seen in a physical altercation. Situation is “under review” per the NFL.
The league later cleared the air on the March, 2009 situation and said that (at least as of now) that Marshall would not have to miss any games for the upcoming season. However, he is still to go on trial for his 2008 arrest. If convicted, do not count out a possible game or two on the sidelines.
Is this something you see the current regime trading for? Needs aside, Brandon Marshall does not seem to fit under the “football players” mold that the Kokini/Mangini tandem have been bringing in over the off-season.
Now, don’t even get me started on possibly trading Braylon Edwards to division rival Baltimore…