The Bears' Marshall Plan

The Bears' Marshall Plan

Posted by Bob LeGere on Wed, 01/25/2012 - 15:29
In the latest issue of Pro Football Weekly, draft expert Nolan Nawrocki has the Bears taking LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle with the 19th pick in the first round. That would be a start. Trading for Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall, in addition to drafting Randle, could transform the Bears’ receiving group from one of the NFL’s worst to one of its best. It would also, for the first time, give Cutler a legitimate array of weapons with which to showcase his skills. Critics will argue that Marshall is a loose cannon and has personal issues that make him a gamble. Well, head case or not, Marshall has missed just 5 games in 6 NFL seasons, and he’s AVERAGED 95 catches and 1,188 yards in each of the last five seasons. In the two seasons he played with Cutler in Denver, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Marshall averaged 103 catches and 1,295 yards. And he’s only 27. Marshall would be less of a risk in Chicago than anywhere else because he has a relationship with Cutler, and he knows he wouldn’t get away with browbeating the Bears’ QB as he did with Dolphins quarterbacks the past two seasons. The big question is: Do the Bears have any player(s) they would be willing to part with who the Dolphins would consider an even swap for Marshall? That’s a good question for the Bears’ next G.M.
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