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Broncos to trade Brandon Marshall to Miami

Last month, Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said that receiver Brandon Marshall wouldn’t be a good fit for the Dolphins.

Hopefully, Sparano won’t soon be commenting on whether he’ll be the Alabama coach.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Marshall will be shipped to the Dolphins for a second-round pick in the 2010 draft and “what is thought to be” a second-round selection in 2011. The deal hinges on Marshall passing a physical. (Though a formality, Marshall has had an on-and-off hip issue, the handling of which caused his relationship with the Broncos to sour.)

Marshall also expected to sign “one of the most lucrative wide receiver deals” in league history. The top of the market has been $10 million for more than two years, when Larry Fitzgerald parlayed the eight-figure back end of his rookie deal into a new contract. Others, like Randy Moss and Roy Williams, earn $9 million annually.

And though we’ve taken the position for weeks that the Dolphins, who will benefit tremendously from having a receiver who commands double coverage anywhere/everywhere he goes, should do this deal, Marshall’s history of arrests and behavior makes us once again wonder what it takes to be regarded by Bill Parcells as a “thug” or a “hoodlum”.

Maybe Larry David put in a good word for him.