Despite the Dolphins confidence that they are one of the numerous teams who stand a chance at getting Manning, they have joined the Cleveland Browns in exchanging contract offers with free agent quarter back Matt Flynn. The Dolphins seem to have good bargaining chips on their end since trading Brandon Marshall creates a $5.8 million salary cap space and they currently have a $15 million purse at their disposure in the offseason without having to cut players or consider contract restructuring.
One thing the Dolphins can clearly say they will avoid this upcoming season is trouble; at least from Marshall who has been attracting trouble and run-ins with the law since his college years. The latest issue is one that has some Chicago fans “crying buyer beware” even though it is too late to renege on the deal.
The Bears General Manager claimed in a statement that both his team and the Dolphins knew about the incident but decided to proceed with the trade. They only did what they had to do in acquiring the receiver. This is a chance that the team had to take in order to fill a critical spot on their team and reunite Marshall with Jay Cutler with whom he set a number Broncos and NFL records. Either that or settle Vincent Jackson who only needs one more DUI arrest to earn a suspension for the season. A look back at Marshall’s troubled history shows a rap sheet that is nothing to write home about. He has had a history of violence against women, a few domestic issues allegedly involving weapons, and even experienced the murder of the Broncos’ Darrent Williams in 2007 when a man who had an altercation with Marshall’s cousin fatally shot him in the neck. He has been charged with DUIs and driving the wrong way on a one-way street after a game and has numerous other incidents of altercations with the public.
Marshall seems to always find a place with people willing to take chances with him but how long will this history of run-ins with the law continue. Hopefully this is one gamble that will pay off for the bears but I say don’t hold your breath of you’re a bears fan because with Marshall comes risks and liabilities. Only time will tell if “the beast” will ever be tamed.