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INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 13: Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts won 28-16.(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Marshall, a talented but controversial player, scored 10 touchdowns and posted his third consecutive 100-catch season while making his second straight trip to the Pro Bowl in 2010. However, he was involved in several off the field altercations and repeatedly clashed with Broncos head coach Josh McDaniel.
The deal gives the Broncos three picks in the first two rounds of next Thursday’s draft, but leaves them with a gaping hole at an important position. The team’s second leading receiver, Jabar Gaffney, only caught 54 passes for 732 yards and two touchdowns in 2009.
The trade also shakes up the AFC East, which already got a jolt on Sunday night following the trade that shipped troubled former Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the New York Jets for a fifth-round pick.