Blockbusting trade rumors.
Rumors are going around on the internet that is a possible three way trade between the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, and Kansas City Chiefs.
The Broncos send Brandon Marshall to the Cardinals.
The Cardinals send quarterback Matt Leinart to the Broncos and Anquan Boldin to the Chiefs.
The Chiefs send a second round pick and either Brodie Croyle or Tyler Thigpen to the Cardinals
Anquan Boldin wants out of Arizona. I don’t know if Kansas City is exactly what he had in mind; I would have assumed he wanted to be traded to another contender but I could be wrong.
Brandon Marshall should be happy all the way around because he gets traded to a team that has a much better chance of winning and he gets out of Denver which he has made quite clear is something he wants.
Matt Leinart goes to a team where he’ll actually get to play so I think he would be happy.
The Chief’s second rounder is just incentive, and Brodie Croyle and/or Tyler Thigpen are going to be backups no matter where they go, so they’d at least be getting sent somewhere with nicer weather and a better chance of winning.
The Broncos should be fine with this because they get Leinart because Kyle Orton clearly isn’t cutting it as a starting quarterback and they get rid of the distraction that is Brandon Marshall. Denver would still have Eddie Royal and Brandon Stokley so it’s not like they wouldn’t have any options at wide receiver. It would hurt a lot to lose Marshall but it’s probably for the best at this point anyhow and it’s not like they had much of a chance at winning more than a handful of games this year in the first place.
The Chiefs get rid of a second round pick and backup quarterback for a stud wide receiver to help out their new quarterback, Matt Cassel. This will help soften the blow of losing Tony Gonzalez in the offseason and will also help take some pressure off of Dwayne Bowe. Remember that they also grabbed Amani Toomer in the offseason, so this would give them a pretty deep wide receiver corp now.
The Cardinals are probably getting the worst end of the deal but they are getting some good stuff. They give up Boldin, who wanted out anyhow, and they give up Leinart but he was just a backup. Boldin would be replaced by Marshall but that isn’t too much of a drop off, and they get another backup quarterback in Brodie or Thigpen. While they aren’t equal caliber players to Leinart they also get, what we can assume will be, an early second round pick, which does sweeten up the deal a bit.
It’ll be huge if this rumor materializes into anything. We’ll be sure to keep you posted. Let us know what you think in a comment.
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