When Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery traded two third-round picks for then Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall before the 2012 season, most fans were ecstatic about the prospect of Marshall reuniting with his good friend and former quarterback Jay Cutler. There were, however, a small faction of naysayers out there who cited Marshall’s off the field issues as their sole concern with the trade.
Prior to joining the Bears, Marshall was linked to numerous domestic violence accusations with his then girlfriend, as well as numerous run-ins with his former Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels. Fans were nervous that Marshall’s off-field antics could outweigh his on-field efforts and bog down the team as they attempted to move forward. Now, after two seasons with the Bears, Marshall has proven to be a model citizen and ideal teammate, organizing offseason training and team building exercises.
This season Marshall is entering the final year of his contract and has not yet received an extension, mostly due to the re-signing of Cutler and the team bringing in free agent Jared Allen. In the past Marshall may have thrown a full-on temper tantrum about not being the first to get a new deal, but instead he has put his full trust in the Bears front office.
“I have another year left on my contract. If it happens, it happens, if it doesn’t, I’m glad to be a Bear for another year and I’m going to force them to sign me after next year,” Marshall told ESPN Chicago 1000. “One way or another, they’re going to get the deal done. But if it comes down to next year, I’ll be picketing outside of Halas Hall for a new deal, a new contract, because I’m not going anyplace.”
Clearly Marshall wants to remain in Chicago, and who could blame him? Playing alongside Alshon Jeffery and having his good friend throwing touchdown passes to him, Marshall knows Chicago is his best chance of winning a Super Bowl in the near future. It is hard to not notice how Marshall has bloomed into a leader during his time with the Bears, which should encourage fans to believe in this team because a happy receiver is usually a good receiver.
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