Proceed with cautionMarch 15, 2010
A day after signing LaDainian Tomlinson to a two-year contract, The New York Jets have now reportedly turned their attention towards Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall. Mike Tannenbaum is no stranger to talented players with baggage, and Marshall is the next player in line that should not be viewed without hesitation. While Tomlinson may provide insurance at running back, he is probably a player on the decline and it is doubtful that he will ever come close to matching his production from a few years ago. LT 2.0 will definitely act as a mentor to Shonn Greene, and replace TJ’s presence in the locker room, but the offense will not turn into the Colts with LaDainian instead of Thomas Jones.
Brandon Marshall on the other hand, would completely turn Gang Green into an offensive machine. He’s 6’4, fairly young, and is the game-changer the Jets thought they had when they traded for Braylon Edwards.
Marshall was tendered by the Broncos as a Restricted Free Agent, so Tannenbaum would have to give up a number 1 pick (and a lot of cash) to sign him. Nevertheless, reports are stating that the Jets and Broncos are in talks about a trade for the receiver, that would surprisingly NOT cost the New York their first round pick.
I’m not naive enough to doubt that on the field Marshall would improve the Jets immensely. A combination of Marshall and Edwards would be one of the top duo’s in the league. I am, however, smart enough to know that players like Brandon Marshall are not easily available if they don’t have character issues.
I did some research, and found out a lot about this guy. First, he was the intended target in the hit on Darrent Williams, the former Denver Bronco that was murdered in a drive-by shooting in 2007. According to reports, Marshall was intoxicated and started taunting members of the Crips on New Year’s Eve ’07. The shooting occurred shortly after that, and Williams was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
If Tannenbaum still wants to throw caution to the wind, Brandon Marshall also is a rumored women-beater, and even fired a hand-gun at his own father. Furthermore, before his NFL life began, Marshall faced misdemeanor charges of trespass, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and assaulting a police officer during his junior year at the University of Central Florida.
The next year, Marshall was charged with retail theft, after trying to return a stolen set of bed sheets.
Those charges were dropped, but still trouble seems to always find the receiver. There are close to twenty-five other incidents involving Brandon Marshall.
There are also on the field issues, such as Marshall’s tendency to “dog it” in practice, propensity to disobey coaches, and the prospect of the Jets having to trade David Harris or Cotchery to get him. I would not shy away from the trade if Cotchery were involved, but if the Broncos want David Harris then hang up the phone on them. I love Jerricho, and think he is extremely valuable and a big time player, but Marshall is on another level compared to Cotchery.
David Harris on the other hand has emerged as one of the best middle linebackers in football, and is untradeable, in my opinion.
Brandon Marshall is an incredible talent; size, speed, great hands, game-changing ability. Pairing him with Braylon Edwards would cause fits for opposing teams. Nevertheless, the man is a douche bag who could turn out to be another Terrell Owens three or four years from now. The fan in me loves this trade, and would do it if the price was right.
However, the pessimist in me wonders if Marshall will be the gamble that finally dooms Tannenbaum and the Jets.