Marshall Extension the Ultimate Risk - Reward for Emery and Chicago Bears

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Nov 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) reacts after catching a touchdown against the Detroit Lions during the second half at Soldier Field. Detroit defeats Chicago 21-19. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

I remember texting with one of my friends in the summer of 2009, during training camp when Brandon Marshall was in full meltdown mode.  His quarterback had forced himself out thanks to new Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels and Marshall was acting like a spoiled brat in practice, kicking the ball during individual drills and basically being an idiot.

I then remember texting with the same friend a couple of years later when Phil Emery and the Bears traded a pair of third round draft picks to the Miami Dolphins for the “troubled” wide receiver, wondering what the heck Emery was doing.  Was this a desperation move in response to Johnny Knox’s career-ending back injury?  Was this a move to mollify Jay Cutler and re-unite him with one of his favorite targets when he was having a Pro Bowl season in Denver?  How long until Marshall imploded and took the rest of the team with him?  How could Emery trade a pair of third round draft picks for a guy with a rap sheet a mile long???

Just two Pro Bowl seasons later, those questions and more have been answered resoundingly as Brandon Marshall inked a 3-year contract extension with $30 million including $23 million guaranteed.  It will put Marshall on track to earn nearly $40 million over the next four seasons and almost certainly keep him and Cutler together in Chicago to end his career.  

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  • Big Swede

    For all of the reasons you’ve stated, diagnosis and treatment for BPD, his leadership and mentoring of Alshon Jeffrey and now, his Fitspeed Academy and #southbear program pulling this Bears offense together in the off season, Brandon Marshall has been a godsend for this team. If the newly reconstructed defense can rise to the level that Trestman has raised the offense, the future is bright for Bears fans all over the NFL.

  • Dr. Johnny Nacho

    Maybe your point should have been directed to risk with any large contract a team commits to a player. Marshall has been an absolute beast on the field and has been a breath of fresh air in the locker. Offense in 2014 could be something special…. #BearDown

  • Johnathan Wood

    I really don’t see the risk here. Or to be more specific, there is no more risk than what is inherent in any big NFL contract.
    Marshall is a physical WR, not a speed guy, meaning he should be playing well until the end of this deal. He gave the Bears a hometown discount; his level of play dictates about $13M a year (what Megatron, Fitz, Andre are all getting). Marshall took less money than guys like Bowe, Harvin, and Wallace, when Marshall is decidedly a superior player to all 3.
    Barring some sort of massive injury, this will be a great deal for both sides.