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Bears Have Dumped Brandon Marshall on the Jets

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Word started spreading on Thursday that the Chicago Bears wanted to trade five-time Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall. They completed that deal today, dumping Marshall on the receiver-needy (and talent-needy) New York Jets.

Marshall had a down year in 2014, when he caught 61 balls for 721 yards, while missing three games. However, he had at least 100 receptions in his other two seasons with the Bears.

So what the hell are the Bears doing?

Who knows?

Rebuilding?

It’s not clear what Chicago got as compensation for Marshall, but we know their primary motivation was to dump his salary. Marshall was guaranteed $7.5 million this year if he was on the roster on March 12. He carried salaries of $7.9 million and $8.3 million in 2016 and 2017.

That’s really nothing for a top-tier receiver, but Marshall will be 31 this month, so maybe the Bears feel he’s not a top-tier receiver anymore.

The Bears have seen Alshon Jeffery emerge over the past two seasons, so they still have one really good receiver. However, Chicago isn’t exactly overflowing with talent and they just jettisoned one of their most talented players.

Solid, guys. Real solid.

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9 Comments

  1. guysocke March 6, 2015

    Watch them make a run at Randall ‘Fourth and Eight’ Cobb.

  2. billybong March 6, 2015

    Wow, poor guy, now him and Geno Smith get to be owned by the Patriots twice a year…he’ll wish he was back with Cutty….all these FA wide receivers will quickly find out what its like to play for a mediocre QB…but, money rules all!!!!

  3. Pack March 6, 2015

    Jets only had to give up a 5th rd pick- no brainer for them. Decker missed a bunch of games and still had a very good year with Geno Smith. And Marshall only makes them better. Jets in line to get Mariota. Bears are obviously rebuilding- makes sense to dump salary.

  4. Doug in Chicago March 6, 2015

    There’s an article down here in the paper today about confusion around a trade for him. Supposedly someone tweeted that Marshall was being dealt to San Diego…to which he tweeted “I wish the Bears would try and trade me…we gon have problems”. I guess they have problems.

  5. TyKo Steamboat March 6, 2015

    The bears still suck

  6. billybong March 6, 2015

    Mariota is years away from being anything in the NFL…he’s a nice quiet shy guy who has never called a play in his life, lots of work ahead for whoever takes him…Geno Smith is going to be JAG…

  7. Shawn Neuser March 6, 2015

    This is an odd move, especially considering this is Jay Cutler’s best bud.

    This suggests that the new Bears regime is not sold on Cutler, and if Cutler is not gone this season, he will be shortly, which makes me wonder what the Bears are thinking for a QB. Draft one in the first round?

  8. PF4L March 6, 2015

    I’m not so sure Cutler and Marshall are the best of buds. I listen to the score sometimes and it sure doesn’t sound like it. Remember when Urlacher used to have Cutlers back (in the media)? Now he just drives a bus over him.

    I’m not sure Cutler has any buds, at least on his team.

  9. vijay March 7, 2015

    The Bears are who we thought they were…

    They will draft Bryce Petty from Baylor.