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Dolphins add troubled ex-Bronco Marshall

Brandon Marshall (left) caught at least 100 passes each of the past three years and made the Pro Bowl the past two seasons. Brandon Marshall (left) caught at least 100 passes each of the past three years and made the Pro Bowl the past two seasons. (Dave Zalubowski/File/Associated Press)
Associated Press / April 15, 2010

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Bill Parcells, who knows a thing or two about talented, temperamental receivers, decided Brandon Marshall is worth the trouble.

Parcells and the Dolphins also decided Marshall is worth two second-round draft picks, and perhaps even a contract extension making him one of the NFL’s best-paid pass catchers.

Miami acquired the high-maintenance Pro Bowl wideout yesterday for a second-round pick next week and another next year. He’s expected to soon sign the long-term deal he has been seeking for more than a year.

Marshall fills the Dolphins’ most glaring need: a go-to guy who will loosen up defenses for their potentially potent ground game and young, strong-armed quarterback Chad Henne.

However, the former Central Florida star returns to the Sunshine State with plenty of issues. While he caught at least 100 passes each of the past three years and made the Pro Bowl the past two seasons, the Broncos were willing to part with Marshall because he became a chronic headache.

He has a history of domestic violence, clashed with coach Josh McDaniels and was summoned to the office of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

That didn’t dissuade Parcells, who had mixed results working with headline-making receivers Terry Glenn with the Patriots, Keyshawn Johnson with the Jets, and Terrell Owens with the Cowboys.

The Dolphins totaled two touchdown passes of 20 yards or more last season, fewest in the NFL.

Speedy 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 while averaging just 11.7 yards per catch.

“We need big playmakers,’’ general manager Jeff Ireland said in February. “We need players that make chunk yardage. We need players that score touchdowns. We need to get more production out of the wide receiver position.’’

Marshall provides production. Last year he caught 101 passes, including an NFL-record 21 in a loss at Indianapolis, for 1,120 yards and a career-high 10 touchdowns.

Shortly after arriving in South Florida, Marshall attended the Miami Heat-New Jersey game last night, sitting courtside in a Florida Marlins cap.

He declined interview requests.

The trade came three days after receiver Santonio Holmes was acquired by the AFC East rival Jets.

“All the great receivers are being traded,’’ Cincinnati’s Chad Ochocinco tweeted. “Santonio now Marshall, I love those guys, wow.’’

Marshall signed his $2.512 million tender Tuesday to facilitate a trade. His final destination was a surprise, because the Dolphins had indicated little interest.

Lynch staying put?
Running back Marshawn Lynch isn’t going anywhere as far as Bills GM Buddy Nix is concerned. Without discounting the growing trade speculation involving Lynch, Nix said he has no intention of dealing the former first-round draft pick, who’s grown unhappy living in Buffalo. “Our intention is for Marshawn to be here,’’ Nix said. Asked if Lynch had requested a trade, the first-year GM said it’s not up to the player to decide if he’ll be dealt. “He’s under contract. We’re going to do what’s best for the Bills,’’ Nix said . . . Backup cornerback Drew Coleman, a restricted free agent, signed his sixth-round tender with the Jets. Coleman signed the one-year tender, worth $1.176 million, leaving running back/kick returner Leon Washington as the Jets’ only remaining unsigned restricted free agent.

Big Ben in place
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took part in offseason conditioning work for the first time this spring. Roethlisberger reported to the Steelers’ practice facility one day after he met with commissioner Roger Goodell in New York to discuss the two-time Super Bowl winner’s off-field problems. Most Steelers players began the weightlifting and conditioning sessions March 29, but Roethlisberger previously stayed away to avoid being a distraction. He is expected to take part Monday in the Steelers’ first on-field practices since the season ended in January . . . Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was sentenced to 10 years of probation after pleading guilty to eight felony drug charges in Amarillo, Texas. State District Judge John B. Board also fined Leaf $20,000. Leaf pleaded guilty to seven counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and one count of delivery of a simulated controlled substance. Leaf, 33, told reporters he continued to use prescription pain medicine even after he recognized that he had a problem. He said he has been clean for 17 months . . . Restricted free agent safeties Usama Young and Chris Reis have agreed to return to the Saints for another season . . . Restricted free agents Stephon Heyer (right tackle) and Anthony Montgomery (defensive tackle) re-signed with the Redskins.

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