Bears Send Brandon Marshall to Jets for 5th Round Pick
A day after the Chicago Tribune reported that the Bears were looking to trade 30-year-old veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall, the Bears sent Marshall packing to the Jets in exchange for a 5th round pick in the upcoming draft, as reported by Adam Schefter Friday morning.
Brandon Marshall's $7.5 million base salary becomes guaranteed on March 12th, which was likely the main contributing factor in Marshall not returning for his 4th season with the Bears and 7th with quarterback Jay Cutler.
The Jets now have a clear-cut No. 1 receiver in Marshall, whose arrival most likely means Percy Harvin's short time as a Jet is over. Harvin's non-guaranteed salary totals up to $10.5 million compared to Marshall's $9.575 million. Also, the Jets owe the Seahawks a 4th-round pick if Harvin is still on their roster on March 19, while it's reduced to a 6th-round if he's gone.
While Marshall's receptions and yardage totals have declined the past couple of seasons, he's still proven a reliable, big target with playmaking ability. Last season, he missed three games and also suffered from a broken and erratic offense, but he still managed to catch 8 touchdowns.
Even an erratic Jay Cutler is likely better than whomever will be under center for the Jets this season however, which at this point appears to be third-year Geno Smith. who has finished 28th and 29th in Total QBR his first two seasons among qualified quarterbacks. However, Marshall and Eric Decker present a formidable receiving duo and the Jets are likely to add a running back soon as well to bolster their offense.
Jay Cutler, however, still has at least one "Monster of the Midway" in Alshon Jeffery, who has posted at least 85 receptions, 1,100 yards and 8 TDs in his last two seasons. With 22-year-old WR Marquess Wilson also showing signs of emerging, tight end Martellus Bennet expected back and Matt Forte being their real No. 1 receiver, only disguised as a running back, the Bears' offense still has the look, if not reality, of being a threatening offense.