Dolphins' Ross on Marshall report: 'That's in the past' By Dan Pompei, Tribune reporter 1:44 p.m. CDT, March 26, 2012
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins
owner Steven Ross addressed a report Monday that he told an upset season-ticket holder that receiver Brandon Marshall
would have been cut if the team couldn't have traded him. At the NFL meetings, Ross told reporters, “That's in the past. That's history. It's behind us. It's a trade. He wasn't cut. We got fair value and we think the football team is better for it.”
The Dolphins ended up trading Marshall to the Bears
on the first day when trades were permitted. The Bears gave up a third-round pick this year and a third-round pick next year.
Ross is known for saying things that aren’t necessarily 100 percent accurate. While it is accepted that new Dolphins coach Joe Philbin wanted to part ways with Marshall, it is implausible to think the Dolphins would have cut a player of Marshall’s caliber in March without compensation.
If the Dolphins couldn’t have traded Marshall in the offseason, it is likely they would have brought him to training camp to see if a trade market might develop for him after teams started losing players to injuries
The Dolphins were looking to move on from Marshall in part because he was so hard on their quarterbacks, in part because Philbin was looking for different kind of receiver, in part because Marshall was high maintenance of the field and in part because they needed cap space. firstname.lastname@example.org