NFL Notebook: Dolphins acquire Marshall from Broncos
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Denver traded wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Miami Dolphins Wednesday for a second-round pick in the draft next week and a second-rounder in 2011.
Marshall was due in Miami late Wednesday for a physical, after which he was expected to sign a long-term contract that he has been seeking for more than a year.
He posted his third consecutive 100-catch season last year and made his second trip in a row to the Pro Bowl despite several run-ins with new coach Josh McDaniels. He was suspended for insubordination in training camp and again for the season finale after he was late for treatment on a hamstring injury the team felt he was exaggerating.
Marshall caught 101 passes last season, including an NFL-record 21 in a loss at Indianapolis, for 1,120 yards. His 10 touchdowns were a career best.
Billionaire Stan Kroenke is not asking the NFL to waive its cross-ownership rules in his bid to purchase the remaining 60 percent of the St. Louis franchise. That means Kroenke will have to surrender his principal stake in the NBA's Denver Nuggets and the NHL's Colorado Avalanche to become majority owner of the Rams.
Detroit tight end Casey FitzSimmons, 29, announced his retirement due to several concussions, including one in December that still causes ill effects.
Offensive lineman Stephon Heyer and defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery, both restricted free agents, re-signed with Washington. No terms were disclosed. Heyer started all 16 games last season, 13 at right tackle and three at left tackle. Montgomery has played in 42 games with 22 starts over four seasons.
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was sentenced to 10 years of probation after pleading guilty to eight felony drug charges in Amarillo, Texas. State District Judge John B. Board also fined Leaf $20,000. ... The NFL will release the 2010 regular-season schedule Tuesday night. Usually, the schedule is announced in late March or early April, but the league wants as many divisional games as possible in the final two weeks, hoping it makes late-season matchups meaningful and prevent teams that have clinched playoff berths from resting starters.
First Published April 15, 2010 12:00 am