Marques Colston is staying put in New Orleans. Brandon Marshall is headed to Chicago.Hours before free agency began Tuesday, the Saints’ star receiver agreed to a five-year contract to remain in the Big Easy. A bit later, Miami sent its top wideout, Marshall, to the Bears for two draft picks.
As Jay Glazer first reported, the Dolphins kicked off the free-agency period with the first big move, trading wide receiver Brandon Marshall to Chicago for two third-round picks. The move could be part of the Dolphins’ effort to lure Peyton Manning to Miami.
Marshall has been known to be hard to handle for management and for his quarterbacks.Glazer wrote that a “combination of off-field issues and the inability to form a strong bond with either of Miami’s past two starting quarterbacks (Matt Moore and Chad Henne) put a damper” on some of his success.
The top free agent, of course, is Peyton Manning, who was released a week ago by the Colts. He still is conducting his limited tour of teams, but the Dolphins’ trade of their No. 1 receiver could indicate Miami is out of the running for the four-time league MVP.”Brandon Marshall out of Miami?” Dolphins center Mike Pouncey tweeted. “Tell me this ain’t true…”
Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com wrote Monday:“Peyton Manning will surely want to play with talented receivers wherever he signs. But he’ll also want to play with reliable receivers who can be counted on to consistently meet his expectations. And in Miami, some doubt that Brandon Marshall fits that bill.”
Smith pointed toMike Berardino of The Sun-Sentinel, who wrotethat “Marshall, in particular, could be viewed as a drag on the Dolphins’ pursuit of Manning.” Without Marshall, the Dolphins will be in the market for wide receivers, and landing the former Colt Reggie Wayne could be part of a package deal to win the Peyton prize.
Extra point The Dolphins have always had something of a home-field advantage in the Manning chase because he owns a condo nearby, and they are probably looking for any edge to make his decision easier.
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