Broncos trade Marshall to Dolphins
UPDATED (12:02 p.m.)...
The Denver Broncos traded Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday.
The Broncos receive two second-round draft picks, one in next week's draft and one in next year's draft, they announced. The Dolphins also announced the trade, but without providing specifics about the draft choices.
According to a report by ESPN, Marshall agreed to a four-year, $47.5 million contract extension in conjunction with the trade. The deal includes $24 million in guaranteed money, according to the report.
Marshall was a restricted free agent earlier this offseason but signed his one-year contract tender Tuesday.
He clashed with the Broncos in the past over his contract, and had his troubles last season with Coach Josh McDaniels.
McDaniels suspended Marshall during the preseason. Marshall was on the team's inactive list for the final regular season game after McDaniels suggested he thought that Marshall should have been willing to play with an injury, but wasn't.
Marshall signed his one-year, $2.521 million contract tender with the Broncos on Tuesday. That tender offer would have enabled the Broncos to receive a first-round draft pick as compensation from any team that had signed Marshall in restricted free agency.
Instead, the Broncos agreed to accept a pair of second-rounders from the Dolphins. It had been speculated in recent days that the Seattle Seahawks were the front-runners to trade for Marshall.
Marshall had 101 catches for 1,120 yards and 10 touchdowns last season for the Broncos. He set an NFL single-game receiving record with 21 catches against the Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 13.
It was the third straight 100-catch season for Marshall.
He also has exceeded 1,100 receiving yards in each of those three seasons.
In all, he had 327 catches for 4,019 yards and 25 touchdowns in four seasons with the Broncos.
But his contract issues with the Broncos led him to reportedly request to be traded at one point. McDaniels suspended Marshall during the preseason last year after Marshall reportedly performed lackadaisically during one practice and punted the ball away after a drill.
Marshall rejoined the team and had a Pro Bowl season. However, Marshall sat out the Broncos' season-ending game against the Kansas City Chiefs because of a hamstring injury.
McDaniels, at the time, called it "a coaching decision" and also said: "There's a lot of players that play with things that are more difficult to play with than what he has."
Marshall also experienced off-field troubles that included involvement in a series of domestic incidents. He was suspended by the NFL for one game in the 2008 season for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
April 14, 2010; 7:52 AM ET
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