Do you really doubt Marshall's willingness to sabotage his season if he remains in Denver? He knows that a market exists for his services. The guy has a pair of 100-catch seasons on the resume and he's only 25. If Marshall avoids league suspension, some team will eventually offer him a generous deal.
The Broncos are almost certainly exploring the trade market. That team will be bad in 2009 with or without Marshall, and it seems clear that he's not part of the long-term plan. According to a report in Newsday, the Jets are "seriously exploring" a deal with Denver. That would make Mark Sanchez(notes) a more interesting spot-start candidate in his rookie year, although a run-first team isn't necessarily the best fantasy fit for Marshall. The Ravens, Browns and Bears could be stealth operators in the bidding, too. Denver will require a very early pick (or picks) for face-saving purposes.
NFL trades always seem like minor miracles when they go down, so perhaps nothing will happen. But again, Marshall does have leverage – he's talented, unhinged, at the end of his deal – and he obviously wants out. I'll agree with Evans about the fact that Marshall is a risk worth taking at his ADP, but I'd be surprised if he returned happily to Denver.
Let's hear from Jets fans and Marshall investors. Does the rumored move interest you? Terrify you? Fill you with hope? Is New York in the playoff discussion? Please comment and/or register complaints…
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