Breaking down Laurence Maroney trade

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Denver will get Maroney and the Patriots’ sixth-round pick in 2011, while New England will get Denver’s fourth-round pick in 2011.

I just caught up with Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. to discuss Denver’s acquisition of running back Laurence Maroney from New England.

Maroney reunites with former New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who is the head coach in Denver. Maroney joins a running back crew that includes Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter.

Williamson discussed the move and how it could affect Denver: “I can’t say I think it’s a bad trade. I don’t think Moreno can be trusted to stay healthy and Buckhalter is just a guy. So, Maroney can help and this deal makes sense. Clearly, McDaniels knows him and sees something in him. Still, I don’t see the guy who was a first-round pick in 2006. I think he may be on the decline some. But he has some physical burst. All three could be used in a rotation. This doesn’t make Denver a great team, but it doesn’t hurt them, either. It’s not a bad trade.”