Today, while appearing as a guest on The View, Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall made the big announcement that he had signed a new three-year, $30 million contract extension with $23 million guaranteed. Marshall was heading into the final year of his deal this season, and by extending his contract, the Bears made sure their offense will be great for the foreseeable future.
Marshall led the Bears in receiving touchdowns last season with 12 and added 1,295 receiving yards. It has been widely reported that Marshall is the favorite target for QB Jay Cutler, and even though the team also has another Pro Bowl receiver in Alshon Jeffery, they will need Marshall around in order to contend in the NFC.
The announcement came as a shock to almost everyone, as GM Phil Emery once again showed his ability to conduct his business in a stealthy manner. The whole world knew the team wanted him back for the future, and Marshall himself has announced his desire to retire as a Bear many times, though not many knew this deal would get done this offseason.
Aside from Marshall, the Bears have also extended the contracts of Cutler and All-Pro place kicker Robbie Gould this offseason. While there have been plenty of Cutler detractors, the re-signing of these key players shows that the Bears are not messing around. They want to win and are willing to pay the players they need to get them to the Super Bowl.
Bears fans should take solace in the fact that they have a team with two of the top receivers in the game today — at least for the next few years.