Hello. Its been awhile kids. While heavily medicating myself with alcohol last night i had the idea to make this post. I was wondering just how successful is BMarsh going to be in aqua and orange. He's young, he's hot headed, he's insanely talented, and now he's insanely rich. So i am going to take a look back at some other big name wide receivers who were traded in their prime. Make the jump and we'll do the damn thing.
Keep in mind that i am going in no particular order. Keyshawn Johnson. He was drafted first overall in 1996 by the Jets. He spent four years there accumulating 31TD's and making 2 pro bowl appearances. Of course, he wasnt happy with the 2.4 million a year he was earning. Like most underpaid recievers with elite talent, he made sure people knew of his displeasure. And like most underpaid elite recievers, he got what he wanted. In 2000 he was traded to the Tampa Bay Buc's for 2 1st rounders and landed himself a 6 year contract worth 56 million. In 2002 Tampa Bay went to and won the Super Bowl. However, when the Buc's fortune ran out and they werent making the playoffs anymore, Johnson developed a "bitter" relationship with new head coach John Gruden. So Bitter in fact that he was deactivated for the last 7 games of 2003 and traded that off season to Dallas to be reunited with Bill Parcells.
Moving right along. Chris Carter Was picked up in the 4th round of the 1987 draft by the Eagles. Carter had drug and alcohol addictions that he could not get under control, despite still performing well on the field. Then head coach Buddy Ryan cut Carter after preseason in 1990. He was shortly thereafter aquired off waivers by The Vikings. In 1994 Carter had his breakout season recording 122 receptions for 1256 yards and 7 TD's. Carter Managed to set almost every receiving record in Vikings History. He made it to the probowl 8 times, and recorded a 150 yard game in three different decades. Something only he and Jerry Rice can say. He played his last season in Miami where he was injured late in the season. He missed four weeks, the dolphins missed the playoffs, and that offseason he retired uneventfully.
Terrell Owens. As much as i don't want to talk about this D-Bag, im going to because he is the other end of the spectrum. Almost everyone knows the Diva's history, more than they would like to im sure. He was drafted by the 49ers in 1996. He fought with the 49ers FO about voiding his contract and leaving San Fran. When he did leave, he went out with a bang, Stating in a playboy article that his QB Jeff Garcia is a "Homosexual". So he burns the bridge and goes off to Philly. He Spends his time criticizing Donovan Mcnabb and the local media. Never taking responsiblity for anything. He plays hurt in the superbowl and becomes angry at local media saying that if Brett Farve had done that he would recieve priase from the media. I guess they weren't kissing his butt just right. Ya know what phinheads, we all know how this story ends....Dallas, blah blah, Buffalo, blah blah, T.O.'s done. Aaand roger.
Last but not least we come to Randy Moss. Perhaps the best example of this bunch. Moss was drafted by the Vikings in 98 with whom he played 7 season. He developed quite the reputation there. There was the mooning incident during a playoff game @ greenbay in 2005. Then there was the commonly known fact that he enjoyed smoking the budz. (what up weecho & Mhtd). He walked off the field during a game in 2004. He displayed a general lack of effort often. After a brief and unsuccessful stint in Oakland he finally lands in New England. He played for a considerably small payout his first season in foxborough, 500k signing bonus, 2.5 million base pay and 1.75 milion in possible incentives. This is exactly where he turned it around. I think it was the fact that he knew he was on a team that was a serious contender. He posted 98 receptions and 1,493 yards in 2007. Then came the money. 2008 he gets resigned to the Pats for 27 million with a 12 million signing bonus. And the rest as they say is history.
So we got Marshall. In my opinion his off the field issues are not as bad as some of the players i just talked about. I think Marshall has serious anger issues. If he can get that under control, he could improve himself alot. His on the field behavior is going to be determined by two factors: Money and success. We already know he got his Payday. Check the box. Now the success part. I think he will be one of those guys whose attitude will be a roller coaster of emotion predicated on how well the team is doing. The fact that he signed with the Phins is already a strong indicator that he see's potential for success in Miami. The X factor is of course Parcells/Sparano. If anybody can keep BMarsh on the straight and narrow its these two guys.
Thats my 2 cents ladies and gentlemen. Please leave your thoughts, comments, or rebuttals below. Medics out.