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Dolphins not looking to release Marshall for now

Posted on: April 24, 2011 1:47 pm
Marshall Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Earlier today we told you about the latest soap opera installment in the career of Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib, who apparently will be released by Tampa Bay when the NFL reopens for business.

While Talib (charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon) and Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall – who allegedly was stabbed by his wife late Friday night – both could be labeled as “troubled players,” Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald doesn’t believe Marshall will suffer the same fate as Talib.

That means, though Marshall hasn’t always been a model teammate or representative of the NFL – he’s had quite a few domestic disturbance issues during his last stop in Denver – the Dolphins aren’t looking to get rid of him at this point.

Writes Salguero in rather frank terms:

“And this is supposed to surprise me how?” a Dolphins player texted Saturday morning when told of what happened to the Miami wide receiver.

Understand that Marshall is the alleged victim here. He did not stab anyone. He was stabbed. So the Dolphins – unable to contact him directly because of the NFL lockout –  let their player know they fully support him and want the best for him by sending him well wishes.

But despite the strong support, the Dolphins are wary of Marshall’s issues and worried about his future.

They don’t know all the facts of Friday’s domestic-violence incident. They don’t know how the whole episode began. And they do know Marshall’s history.

And that’s where the concern is born.

Adding to the Dolphins’ concern is that Marshall will be in the second year of a five-year deal worth $47.3 million ($12.5 million of that was guaranteed, and the Dolphins also gave up two second-round picks to acquire him). And though he’s been clean for the last year in Miami and though he might not be at fault for this latest incident (his wife, however, told police she stabbed him in self-defense), it’s clear that Marshall still has plenty of issues in his life.

For now, though, the Dolphins will plan on keeping Marshall around. But that’s also not completely guaranteed if the club, as it continues to collect the facts about what happened this weekend, feels like it has a solid reason not to do so.

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Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2011 4:09 pm

Dolphins not looking to release Marshall for now

Why would they Dolphins cut him for alleged violence?? From what I have seen his wife didn't have a mark on her and along with being stabbed, Marshall had defense wounds on his hands... So from the outside looking in, as of now he is the victim here.... Despite what anyone might think, he is... I'm not silly enough to think there isn't more to the story(he has a domestic violence history, etc), but right now with the information out there, he is still the victim... I don't think this is an issue for the NFL or the Dolphins since he isn't even charged with a thing nor are they looking to charge him...

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: April 24, 2011 3:11 pm

Dolphins not looking to release Marshall for now

You are right ATKCool.  He is the best player.  Who cares about character and how he represents the city and the franchise and the NFL!

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: April 24, 2011 3:02 pm

Dolphins not looking to release Marshall for now

I wouldn't think........Marshall is their best player on the team.

Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: April 24, 2011 2:57 pm

Dolphins not looking to release Marshall for now

 Marshall is a great addition to the Dolphins team. They need to keep him. Unfortunately, they also need an Offensive line that will allow him to be connected with a QB that knows how to use him. Plays that work would also help.

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: April 24, 2011 2:17 pm

Dolphins not looking to release Marshall for now

Something tells me the league might frown on him wearing the pink gloves during breast cancer week.  

The dophins aren't going to drop him.  Not a shot.  They knew he had a proclivity to beat up women before they traded for him, so why would it matter to them now?  I would hope, if I was a 'phin fan, that they would do the right thing and drop him...but I would be shocked if they did the right thing.

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