Here is a Facebook conversation between me, and fellow NASORB writer Sean Kramer.
(Kramer, I feel like I’ve known you long enough that I don’t have to apologize for things like this anymore, but if we’d known each other for less time, I’d probably walk more softly, whatever that’s worth)
I posted this link:
Two second-rounders and four-years, $47.5 million. That is why I didn’t want Marshall in Seattle, among his personal issues.
And Kramer posted this comment on that link:
I wouldn’t pay the draft pick compensation, if I were Seattle,but only because our lack of third rounders the next two years. I don’t have a problem with the contract, because of the production you know you get out a guy like Brandon Marshall, along with his age. Dude can play football. Period.
And then I responded with:
Kramer, the problem with the contract is that even if Marshall touches the ball 120 times per season, he’d be making a disproportionate amount of money compared to his offensive production, and affect on overall production.
What you said was “Dude can play football. Period.” He can play until Roger Goodell, Tony Sparano, or his “roughhousing” family decide he can’t. So it should read:
“Dude can play. Question mark.”
But the truth is that while he and I disagree, and yet-to-debut NASORB writer Justin Schille agreed with me, (and not to mention that I’m right) Marshall is a fairly polarizing guy across the league, not just in Seattle.
And we almost have to dig in on one side of the debate or the other. Domestic abuse isn’t an issue that many people can find a middle ground on. It simply a matter of finding out where you will draw a line, and personally, my line falls well behind domestic abuse.
I’m no beacon for conventional morality though either. It truly comes to a down to the total risk of acquiring Marshall compared to the total reward his presence could reap. It’s simple economics, from my stand point.
I am no moral compass.
Using the same methodology as I demonstrated in this article, the Dolphins traded a value range of 740-1050 for Marshall. By contrast for Santonio Holmes, the Jets traded away 31.8 DVC points.
Holmes has more recent issues, and the Marshall supporters will spout rhetoric about his changed ways, obviously that remains to be seen. But Holmes was traded for about 30 times less value than Marshall, and goes to New York without a lucrative, potentially crippling extension.
Since Deion Branch was traded to Seattle, a trade I’ve criticized since before it occurred, I’ve called him “Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch.” It isn’t that I hate Branch. I think he seems like a good teammate and a genuinely nice person from everything he’s shown the public. I just found amusement in the idea that a player with a resume that can be compressed into a single sentence would be traded for a first round pick and sign a huge deal.
Holmes has the same, or an arguably better resume, at least on the field.
But Marshall has a much longer—ahem, resume—off the field.
He’s a tremendous talent, no doubt, but I’m absolutely thrilled his new jersey will not be blue and green.
However, because Marshall found a home in Miami, I feel that they’ll get an exaggeratedly good or bad version of Marshall. He played high school and college ball in Florida. And while that may put him closer to his family, we all saw what South Beach did to Michael Beasley.
(Well, I didn’t. But I know about it. F U David Stern, and your Sonic-less NBA)