Leading up to summer training camp, the Chicago Bears are wisely getting a lot of priorities checked off of their list. Less than a week after the 2014 NFL Draft, the Bears inked deals with all eight of their rookies, being the first team in the league to do so. Now, Chicago has put another major concern to rest.
Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall has signed a $30 million contract extension with the Bears, pretty much guaranteeing that he’ll finish his playing days in Chicago as the highest-paid receiver in Bears history. The nine-year veteran didn’t mention how long the deal was for. Marshall was on the show The View discussing borderline personality disorder (BPD), bringing more awareness to the illness during Mental Health Month.
It was at the end of the show that Marshall pulled out his contract and put his name on the dotted line while thanking the McCaskey family and the Bears organization for getting the deal done. In addition, Marshall said that he will donate $1 million towards research for BPD. In 2011, Marshall announced that he suffers from BPD, and has been an advocate for the illness since.
The numbers that Marshall has generated in the two years that he has been in a Bears uniform clearly states that he is worth every penny (218 receptions, 2,803 yards and 23 touchdowns). GM Phil Emery is proving more and more that he’s the right man for this job. Getting all of these distractions out of the way as soon as possible will only give the Bears a better chance of keeping their minds focused on just football and becoming Super Bowl contenders.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller.