More Bears Should Trade for Brandon Marshall Speculation

Since we just marked the one year anniversary of the Jay Cutler Trade, I wrote up an in-depth review of Year 1 of the Jay Cutler Era and it’s amazing what a roller coaster ride it’s been.
I just read an article at The Sporting News and Mike Florio is suggesting Five Moves that should be made before the NFL draft to happen before the draft and #2 on the list is for the Bears to trade for Brandon Marshall.  Here’s what he says:

Last year, the Bears sent two first-round picks (and more) to the Broncos for quarterback Jay Cutler. To date, the move has been a failure — and it has left coach Lovie Smith and GM Jerry Angelo on wafer-thin ice.

The situation has created sufficient desperation to prompt the Bears to overpay for a trio for day one free agents – Julius Peppers, Chester Taylor and Brandon Manumaleuna — which in the short term has removed the sense of gloom and doom that had taken over Halas Hall.

So with the Broncos looking to unload receiver Brandon Marshall, why don’t the Bears try to get him? Sure, the Broncos want a first-round draft pick and the Bears already sent theirs to Denver in the Cutler deal. The Bears should instead dangle their 2011 first-rounder, and possibly throw in a conditional selection based on Marshall’s performance in the coming season.

If the Marshall plan fails, Angelo and Smith likely won’t be there to not use the first-round pick in 2011 anyway. If it works, Angelo and Smith would gladly give up the pick for the ensuing job security.

Though the Broncos may not want to enable a Cutler-Marshall reunion, they may not have many/any other options for unloading a guy they clearly don’t want.

It’s one thing to pull off the trade and continue to mortgage the future by pissing away future draft picks, but it’s entirely another thing to pay the guy once you get him here.  I think Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith have already busted the door off the vault and cleared out all of the McCaskey’s cash at the opening of free agency when they committed over $100 million to Julius Peppers, Chester Taylor and Brandon Manumaleuna.

As much as I drool over the thought of Cutler to Marshall, I really think there are more pressing needs, especially at safety and along the offensive line.  Take care of those and roll with the receivers you’ve got.


Tags: Brandon Manumaleuna Brandon Marshall Chester Taylor Denver Broncos Jay Cutler Jay Cutler Trade Julius Peppers Mike Florio NFL Draft Rumors Sporting News Trades

  • City

    It’s hard to see Denver giving up Marshall for a 2011 draft pick when this year’s draft class is deeper than usual, there are other teams with 2010 needs for a Brandon Marshall-caliber receiver that will probably come out of the woodwork closer to the draft, and 2011 is inevitably going to be a strike year.

    To be honest Boomer, I was hoping to hear your thoughts on the whole Alex Brown debacle. In my opinion, regardless of whether they should have kept him, it seems like the Bear organization was once again pretty classless in how they handled the whole thing.

    • matt

      the Bears could get a hundred brandon marshalls and it won’t do a bit of good until they fix the offensive line.

    • BEARSFAN12

      get brandon marshall!!!!!!!!!!

  • Boomer

    Thanks City. Great point about Marshall and the Broncos – why would they wait to collect on that NEXT season when there will be plenty of suitors (Seattle is the hottest contender) with draft picks this season.

    As far as Brown goes, you must have missed my post from last week: As usual the Bears screwed the pooch on this one and God forbid if something happens to Peppers, they are royally screwed.

  • kevin

    Yeah i am so mad the the Bears got rid of Alex Brown!!as far as the Brandon Marshall trade go’s i think its a long shot,but i would love to see it happen!

  • City

    Sorry Boomer! I totally missed that one. Gonna have to get the Bear Goggles On alert app for my palm pre!

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  • jake

    The Bears don’t need Marshall. Last years receivers did pretty well considering all that was involved with an ineffective front line and a new QB to get used to. They need to address the front line. If the offensive numbers don’t go up and make a difference, then worry about getting a receiver.

  • Jones

    NO!!! it was a very steep price to get jay cutler and he’s only been there a year so i can’t say it has been a failure. people forget that he did throw 27 TD’s last year. if the offensive line can come to together a little bit the martz system will show us what cutler can really do.

    stop trading high draft picks of the future. suck it up and wait our turn to get young talent injected into the franchise. plus they would be home grown and could grow into the bears tradition and prestige.

    • Boomer

      The problem with your philosophy is that Lovie and Jerry have their backs against the wall and will pull out all of the stops to try to save their asses.

  • Jones

    yea i was really mad about alex brown getting traded as well………however, brown isn’t the first and he surely won’t be the last good player to get cut b/c of the old green back.


    Hey Brandon marshall is a great reciever. sure the o-line is kind of bad but imgine havin a pro bowl reciever that can catch every single ball the his former temate jay cutler throws at him. Marshall can do anythin!!! Get him chicago!!!!!

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  • Dara Quinn

    He’ll be down to a 2nd round pick come the draft. Do it. Do it. Do it. Can you imagine that guy opposite Shabba ? Kellen Davis at 6’7 … Taylor and Forte coming out of the backfield …Hester/Knox alternating in the slot ? Best damn offense in the NFL if we got a guard and a tackle for depth.

  • Dara Quinn

    Brandon Marshall doesn’t want to go to the Seahawks – Matt Moore ?? He wants to be reunited with the guy with the golden arm and we should accommodate him. And no, yes, he can be still relative successful with a bad O-line – that’s what jump balls are for ! It’s a no-brainer, sign him. No point in worrying about cash if you’re serious about going to the super bowl.