Perhaps we’ll know more about Jeff Irelandâ€™s master plan within the next few days (hours?), but as it stands right now, the Dolphins have traded Pro Bowl WR Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears for two third-round picks. Miami, of course, gave up two second-round picks for the talented but controversial wideout two years ago.
Itâ€™s possible, albeit unlikely, that the move was done to clear salary cap space to sign Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, Pierce Garcon, Dallas Clark, Marvin Harrison, Brandon Stokley, Qadry Ismail and every other past and present Indianapolis Colts pass-catcher who hopes to take his talents to South Beach.
If â€“ at this point, let’s face it, when â€“ Manning signs elsewhere, the Dolphins would conceivably turn their focus to Matt Flynn, as well as hopefully another top-tier WR to replace Marshall (as much as I like Davone Bess, Brian Hartline and Clyde Gates and all). And letâ€™s not even think about what this team will look like if Miami strikes out there.
Iâ€™ll reserve further judgment until the dust settles, since as Miami Herald columnist Armando Salguero reports, a team source said to â€œbe patient” (possibly my two least favorite words).