Will Brandon Marshall follow Shanahan to D.C.?

Mike Shanahan and the Washington Redskins came to terms on a five-year contract yesterday that makes the former Denver boss the head coach and executive vice president of a team that just wrapped up a 4-12 season under Jim Zorn.

Now the fun begins.

Shanahan will have his work cut out for him in trying to turn the Redskins into an NFC East power. With perennial playoff contenders Philadelphia, Dallas and the New York Giants making up six games per year on the Washington schedule, Shanahan must find a way to improve an offense that ranked 22nd or worse in three of the four major offensive categories in 2009.

Washington Redskins: 2009 Offensive Ranks

Total Offense: 312.4 yards/game 22nd
Rushing Offense: 94.2 yards/game 27th
Passing Offense: 218.1 yards/game 16th
Scoring Offense: 16.6 points/game 26th

Here’s an idea: How about going after Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall?

It’s no secret that Marshall is on the outs with the coaching staff in Denver. He was suspended during the pre-season by rookie head coach Josh McDaniels and then benched by McDaniels for Denver’s Week 17 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. In addition, Marshall has been looking for a new, long-term contract that will put his salary on par with the other elite wide receivers in the NFL.

And you can now throw some more fuel on this fire. ESPN NFL Analyst Mark Schlereth recently tweeted, “I just heard Marshall’s name tag removed from locker. The games afoot!”

The move would make sense for the Redskins. Their top receiver this season was the 30 year-old Santana Moss who caught 70 passes for 902 yards and three touchdowns. In addition, Shanahan is familiar with Marshall, having coached him in Denver from 2006-2008.

And we all know Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has no problem opening up the vault for high profile players after watching him hand defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth a $100 million contract last offseason. The question is, how much would Snyder be willing to give up for a wideout who just caught 101 passes (third in NFL) for 1,120 yards (14th in NFL) and ten touchdowns (seventh in NFL) in 15 games this season?

You can’t tell me the Broncos want to keep Marshall. If they did, they wouldn’t have benched their best player heading into a Week 17 must-win game that had playoff implications on the line.

What say you, Denver nation? Is Marshall as good as gone?

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