Crazy idea, you say, but it's not mine. It's Florio's. Yeah, I know, he's an idiot and a Vikings fan and all that... but every rare now and then his ideas aren't actually horrid.
With the Seattle Seahawks flirting with Brandon Marshall, the Broncos are getting the word out, loud and clear: If the Seahawks want Marshall, they need to sign him to an offer sheet and be prepared to give up the sixth overall pick in the draft.
The position is more than a little donkey-headed, given that the Seahawks also hold the 14th overall pick in the draft, which Denver sent to them in 2008 for a second-round pick. With the Broncos essentially begging someone to sign Marshall to an offer sheet by tendering the restricted free agent at the first-round level only, the Broncos should be happy with any first-round pick they can get.
So here's what the Seahawks should do. They should communicate to a team like the Saints or the Colts or anyone who picks below No. 14 the terms they'd be comfortable paying to Marshall, and the Seahawks should offer to those teams the 14th overall pick for Marshall's contract. Then, one of the teams picking below No. 14 should sign Marshall to an offer sheet.
It would be a lot easier for the Broncos just to take the 14th overall pick and send Marshall to Seattle. But if they refuse to relent, then the Seahawks should give some other team an easy chance to upgrade to No. 14 — and to stick the Broncos with a pick a lot lower than No. 6.
Well if nothing else it would give us an option to upgrade our draft position for basically free. Maybe we'd need to pay a bit extra (some of his signing bonus, perhaps?) or something to pull off the trade, but that would probably be worth it as well.
And a little revenge on the Broncos for that loss in 2008 when the refs missed a blatant offsides call (and Sean got fined for complaining about it) adds even more extra reason to consider it.
So anybody else game for trying this?