If you haven’t heard the news, Brandon Marshall – formerly setting records for the Denver Broncos – was traded this morning to the Miami Dolphins.  In exchange, the Denver Broncos will receive a 2nd round draft pick this year from Miami as well as a reported 2nd round draft pick for 2011.

Denver made the trade possible by signing Marshall to a 1 year contract, without which Miami would have been forced by the rules of the Restricted Free Agent status of WR #15 (Marshall) to offer up a 1st and 3rd round draft pick from this year if they had signed Brandon Marshall to an offer sheet.

Though I don’t have the exact numbers, Brandon Marshall has signed a contract extension with Miami which makes him the highest paid WR in the NFL.

Brandon Marshall shall now consider himself on notice.  Wide Receivers – even those with Hall of Fame talent / statistics – only get a few chances to reform themselves.  Terrell Owens is currently a Free Agent, available to be signed by anyone who wants him, and yet his past attitude problems are likely the reason that the future Hall of Fame wide receiver still doesn’t have a jersey to wear next year.  Randy Moss was traded for a 4th round pick when he got shipped to the Patriots – one of only a few teams who wanted him.

Marshall would be smart to be on his best behavior, as he now plays under Bill Parcells, whose position in the Dolphins front office is stronger than it was when he was coach of the Dallas Cowboys.  Bill is a no-nonsense kind of guy, and I don’t think he would hesitate to fine / suspend / trade Brandon Marshall if he starts acting up again the way he did last year during training camp.

That being said, I believe Brandon Marshall will be on his best behavior because he doesn’t have reason to be disgruntled.  He’s on a team who is paying him on the level he should be paid (as one of the league’s top 4 receivers), and he has a playoff-caliber team around him with a General Manager and coaching staff who seem to know what they’re doing.

Best of luck to you, Brandon Marshall.  I was hoping you’d be a member of the Washington Redskins, but I’m glad you’re not in Philly, New York or Dallas.  In fact, I’m hoping you find a way to help the Dolphins keep the Patriots out of the playoffs for a couple years.