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.
Bears have agreed to trade WR Brandon Marshall to the Jets pending a physical, per league source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 6, 2015
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?
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.
Watch them make a run at Randall ‘Fourth and Eight’ Cobb.
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!!!!
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.
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.
The bears still suck
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…
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.
The Bears are who we thought they were…
They will draft Bryce Petty from Baylor.