The Wizard of Oz should give Marshall a new home

With Derrick Mason’s retirement, the onus will be on Ravens personnel wizard Ozzie Newsome to replace the wily veteran wide receiver. But the Broncos could do themselves and the Ravens a favor by trading Brandon Marshall to Baltimore.

If you think the relationship between Jay Cutler and Josh McDaniels was bad, try this one on for size. Marshall and McDaniels haven’t spoken since a June 14 minicamp.

Ravens QB Joe Flacco is at a pivotal point in his development. The guy he threw the most balls to last season just announced his intention to retire, which opens the door for a Flacco-to-Marshall pairing that could work for years to come. The Ravens are the perfect destination for Marshall because they have strong structure in the organization on and off the field. Ray Lewis arguably is the greatest leader the NFL has ever seen, and the linebacker would be a great mentor for the Pro Bowl receiver.

Needless to say, Marshall’s off-the-field issues have been a major hindrance to getting a deal done. While he has the production that would yield a first-round draft pick in a possible trade, he has no room for error. If Marshall gets a speeding ticket, he might end up with a four-game suspension from the NFL.

But at the end of the day, sometimes you have to take chances. It would be wise for Newsome to really consider making a deal for Marshall. If Newsome can get a better feel for him, the Ravens will be more than convinced that Marshall is the man for the job.

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