Wide receiver Brandon Marshall was traded for the second time in his career in March of 2012, this time from the Miami Dolphins to the Chicago Bears for two third-round picks. Marshall has been one of the most consistently productive pass catchers in the league in recent years, with seven straight 1,000-yard seasons and 100 or more catches in five of those seasons.
Miami received the 73rd overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft from Chicago, but they ultimately traded it to the San Diego Chargers for the 78th and 183rd overall selections and wound up with tight end Michael Egnew and wide receiver B.J. Cunningham with those two draft picks. Egnew has just seven receptions in two seasons, while Cunningham was cut by Miami, spent the 2012 season on the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad and was in uniform for the Eagles for one game this past season before being released in November.
The Dolphins also got the 82nd overall pick in the 2013 draft in the Marshall trade, and they traded the pick once again, this time to the New Orleans Saints for the 106th and 109th overall picks. Miami kept the 106th pick and selected tight end Dion Sims, but they traded the 109th pick and some other picks to the Green Bay Packers for the 93rd overall pick, which they used on cornerback Will Davis. Sims had just six catches this past season in 15 games played, and Davis was active for just five games and registered eight tackles as a rookie.
Marshall has put his past off-field issues behind him during his time in Chicago, and he should continue to perform at a high level as he enters his age-30 season in 2014. The Dolphins have two young tight ends that haven’t made an impact and a cornerback that is not in line to start for them next season to show for trading one of the league’s best wide receivers, so that makes the Bears the clear-cut winners of this trade.