Brandon Marshall’s wish finally came true yesterday when the Broncos decided to trade him to the Miami Dolphins. In return, the Broncos will receive a second round draft pick in this year’s draft and a second rounder in 2011. This was Josh McDaniels second blockbuster deal in as many seasons so that makes you wonder what McDaniels is doing to run two high-caliber players out of town. If I were a Broncos fan I would be kind of pissed right now. With Marshall’s exit, the Broncos are left with a hole in their receiving core that I don’t think they can possibly fill. How does this sound for a wide receiving core? Eddie Royal, Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney and Brandon Stokley are now supposed to supplement Marshall’s production? I don’t think so. Marshall has averaged about one hundred receptions, twelve hundred and thirty-six yards and eight touchdowns a season for the last three years. There is not a player out there via free agency nor in the Draft that would be able to supplement the production of Marshall, but I guess the several run-ins with McDaniels last season were enough to let him go. To compound the problem even more, the Broncos do not have a proven quarterback that can lead the team, let alone win games for them. I am sure that McDaniels has a vision for the Broncos but I don’t think he can do it without an all-pro receiver like Marshall.
Brandon Stokley joined ESPN Radio 1600 in Denver to talk about what his reaction was when he found out that Brandon Marshall had been traded, whether he thinks that it was possible for Josh McDaniels and Brandon Marshall to reconcile their differences, and what the Broncos offense is going to look like without Brandon Marshall and how they plan to make up for the one hundred or so catches each year.
What his reaction was when he found out that Brandon Marshall had been traded:
“Well I heard it from you. I just woke up. It was kind of my day off and I was just going to relax and go get a coffee and then I get the message from you. It didn’t surprise me. I knew that it was probably coming here pretty soon getting close here to the Draft day. Hopefully it works out for both parties. I am a big supporter of Brandon. He is a good friend. He is a good teammate so hopefully he does great in Miami and I think that is great for the Broncos as we got two second round picks and I think that is great.”
On what made Brandon Marshall a good teammate:
“I mean he really is a good guy. When I first got here I watched him practice and the way he worked and went about his business really impressed me. That was before he had the one hundred yard season, the thousand-yard seasons, so that is just what he brings to the table. He really is a hard worker. He is a good guy and I want it to work out for him and I think it will now and I think it will for the Broncos too.”
Whether he thinks that it was possible for Josh McDaniels and Brandon Marshall to reconcile their differences:
“I think that there is always a way in this business. You never say ‘never’ and so it definitely could have worked out. I think what Brandon really wanted was a contract. He wanted a new contract, which he felt he deserved, and if the Broncos wanted to give him that I think they definitely could have coexisted and then everything would have been fine.”
What the Broncos offense is going to look like without Brandon Marshall and how they plan to make up for the one hundred or so catches each year:
“Man it is tough to replace a guy like that but you know everybody is just going to have to pitch in and do their part and kind of step their game up a little bit more because you can’t replace that guy. He is one of those guys that can make plays out of nothing so I think everybody as a whole is going to have to pitch in and do a little bit better.”
Whether he expects another receiver to emerge on the Broncos via draft or free agency:
“Probably so. It wouldn’t surprise me at all. I don’t know what their plan is as far as the Draft if they are going to try and draft a receiver or if they are going to try and pick up another veteran receiver but we will see. That is kind of not like my specialty at the personnel department. I kind of play and let them do all of the scouting and stuff.”