INDIANAPOLIS–One of the first big headaches Stephen Ross endured when he took ownership of the Miami Dolphins was figuring out what to do with talented but mercurial Brandon Marshall. At his best, Marshall remains one of the most dangerous receivers in the NFL, but that always comes with some turbulence.
Marshall, 32, is an unrestricted free agent after being cut by the Jets at his request. He’s been linked mainly to the Patriots, and it’s unlikely the Dolphins will have any interest.
While the group that runs the football side of the Dolphins has completely turned over since they unloaded him to Chicago for draft picks in 2012, Ross is still here. There’s no doubt that Marshall’s various off-field situations would be a major barrier to Miami getting in the mix for him.
Head coach Adam Gase and vice president Mike Tannenbaum actually have little experience with Marshall despite working for some of the same organizations. Tannenbaum was gone before Marshall was dealt to the Jets, and Gase missed him in Denver and Chicago with the exception of one season. Gase was Marshall’s position coach with the Broncos in 2009, right before they traded him.
Marshall, who is 24th all-time in receiving yards, has been dealt three times in his 11-year career.
Whether the Dolphins even need a receiver in free agency hinges on what happens with Kenny Stills. The organization has made clear it intends to re-sign him if he’s affordable and would be set at that position with Stills, Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker.
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