Brandon Marshall has developed into one of the better wide receivers in fantasy football. Despite being suspended for the first games of last season, he finished with a career-best 104 receptions to go along with 1,265 yards and six touchdowns.
Numbers like that would have made Marshall a surefire No. 1 fantasy wideout in 2009, but three offseason events have his value falling fast.
First and foremost is the trade that sent Jay Cutler to Chicago and leaves Marshall with Kyle Orton as his No. 1 quarterback. Orton is a talented field general, but he doesn’t have close to the arm strength and potential as Cutler.
That move alone is enough to hurt Marshall’s stock, but that’s just the start of his troublesome offseason.
Back in March, Marshall was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge. The charges were dropped, but Marshall had a number of previous off-field incidents that resulted in that one-game suspension in 2008.
If he is found to be in violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy after his latest run-in with the law, which appears imminent, Marshall could be facing a far lengthier suspension.
Marshall is also expected to miss the remainder of the offseason after requiring a surgical procedure to repair an injured hip. The procedure, which occurred on Tuesday, was done by Dr. Marc Philippon.
He has performed hip surgeries in recent weeks on both Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner.
Marshall is expected to be back in time for training camp in July, but that won’t give him much time to gain a rapport with whoever is playing the quarterback position for the Broncos.
It’s too soon to project a concrete value on Marshall for next season. But with so many negative scenarios clouding his future, Marshall could fall from a potential third-round selection to more of a risk-reward middle- to late-round choice in drafts.