Last Year's Target: Brandon Marshall

MIAMI - FILE: Wide receiver Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins warms up prior to playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a pre-season game at Sun Life Stadium on August 14, 2010 in Miami, Florida. Brandon Marshall of the Miami Dolphins was stabbed April 22, 2011 and his wife, Michi Nogami-Marshall, 26, was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Last year the Buccaneers had a lot more holes than they did this year, and before the draft the Bucs had plenty of opportunities to improve their team. Brandon Marshall was one of the players the Bucs could have targeted to fill one of those holes, but instead the star receiver went to the Miami Dolphins for two second-round draft picks. The Bucs were left without a star wide receiver and would have to turn to the draft to get those. Of course, they then drafted Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams, and no one is complaining about their performance. 

Meanwhile in Miami Brandon Marshall has played well, catching 86 passes for 1,014 yards and 3 touchdowns in his first season with the team, while missing two games because of injury. And he did that with Chad Henne, Tyler Thigpen and about two seconds of Chad Pennington at quarterback. He certainly would've added something to the Bucs' offense had he been here. Brandon Marshall is one of the best receivers in football, and based on his play he's certainly worth two second-round picks. 

There were some valid reasons why the Bucs never traded for him, though. Brandon Marshall is a hard worker who has always performed in his short career, but he's also had several off-field incidents and left Denver because he couldn't get along with the head coach. He had a reputation for being a diva, as do many receivers, and he could have been a bad influence in the locker room. 

But more than that, the Bucs would have had to give up two second-rounders themselves, and they were trying to build through the draft. The Bucs used those two second-rounders to select Arrelious Benn and Da'Quan Bowers in the past two rounds. Arrelious Benn got off to a slow to start in his rookie year and is now rehabbing from a torn ACL, but he showed a lot of promise late in his rookie season. Da'Quan Bowers is another injury risk, but he's supremely talented. 

So looking back at the 2010 offseason, did the Bucs do the right thing in passing on Brandon Marshall? Would you rather have Da'Quan Bowers and Arrelious Benn than the Dolphins wide receiver?

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