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“The Beast” is coming home


By: Pedro Heizer

The Denver Broncos and the Miami Dolphins have agreed on a blockbuster trade involving controversial wide receiver, and UCF alumni, Brandon Marshall heading to Miami in exchange for two second round draft picks.

Marshall, a restricted free agent, had just signed his $2.521 million tender from the Broncos on Tuesday, a move that facilitated the trade of the controversial receiver. Marshall posted his third consecutive 100-catch season last year and made his second consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl despite several run-ins with Broncos coach Josh McDaniels. Marshall had an NFL-record 21 receptions during a Dec. 13 loss at Indianapolis, and his 10 touchdowns for the season were a career best.

The Dolphins have been desperate for a deep threat at receiver to loosen up defenses for their potentially potent ground game and young, strong-armed quarterback Chad Henne. Ted Ginn Jr. has been a disappointment since Miami took him with the ninth overall draft pick in 2007. Ginn and the other wideouts – Brian Hartline, Davone Bess and Greg Camarillo – combined for only six touchdown catches last season.

The acquisition of a top-line receiver frees up the Dolphins to use the No. 12 pick in the draft next week on the defensive front seven, where help is also needed.

The acquisition of Marshall represents the biggest trade acquisition by the Dolphins since running back Ricky Williams went to Miami in 2002 for four draft picks, including two first-rounders. Marshall is the second big-name receiver to join the AFC East this week. The Jets acquired Santonio Holmes, the MVP of Super Bowl XLIII, from Pittsburgh on Sunday.

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