Marshall deal puts Bolts in charge

Denver dealing its best WR for the future ensures the present is all San Diego's

Updated: April 14, 2010, 4:11 PM ET
By Bill Barnwell | Football Outsiders

Congratulations, Chargers fans: Josh McDaniels might have just won you the AFC West.

By dealing away Brandon Marshall to the Dolphins for a pair of second-round picks, McDaniels might have done the best thing for his team in the long term. A second-round pick in one of the deepest drafts in years is a very valuable commodity indeed, let alone grabbing another one for 2011. But in the short term? Broncos fans should basically be writing off 2010.

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Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) is a staff writer for Grantland.