National Football Post columnist Andrew Brandt raises an interesting point about the Brandon Marshall trade.
If you're a fan of the move, then you should thank former Miami Dolphins general manager Randy Mueller and head coach Cam Cameron.
They're the ones who drafted Ted Ginn Jr. ninth overall in 2007, creating a problem that would take three years to correct.
Brandt, a former Green Bay Packers vice president who writes about the business side of football, cites the Ginn misstep as the reason the Dolphins were compelled to deal two second-round draft picks and then make Marshall one of the highest-paid receivers in NFL history to keep him.
The Marshall trade proves the maxim that, in most cases, big free-agent signings or blockbuster trades are the price paid for high draft picks who don't pan out. Ted Ginn, now being shopped at a bargain price, was the ninth pick in the 2007 draft -- with $14 million guaranteed -- and was projected to be the Dolphins' breakout star at the position. And after trying the free-agent route a couple of years ago with Ernest Wilford and another $7 million, the Dolphins are now taking a different route to fix the mistake of Ginn.
In fairness to Mueller and Cameron, the same front office that swung the Marshall deal also misjudged Wilford, but that was spackling compared to the massive restoration of the receiving corps Marshall provides.
Ginn's days appear to be numbered with the Dolphins. He might be able to bring back a kickoff, but don't expect much return in a trade.