I’d argued in recent weeks that the Patriots had just as much to worry about with the Miami Dolphins as they did with the New York Jets.
That’s even truer now than ever. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Dolphins have traded for Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall. Miami will send its second-round pick this year (43d overall) and its 2011 second-rounder to Denver in return.
Marshall was a pretty big issue for the Patriots in their loss to the Broncos last October, and figures to be a much bigger one now. Miami’s assembled a nice group of complementary receivers (Bess, Camarillo, Ginn, Hartline, Turner), but didn’t have that big, coverage-attracting playmaker. Now, the Dolphins do.
This allows the Dolphins to go into the draft with one fewer need, and enables them to hone in on a guy like Tennessee NT Dan Williams, Texas S Earl Thomas, or Longhorn OLB Sergio Kindle without having to ponder Dez Bryant.
And the heat turns up one more notch in the AFC East.