The Bears went on a spending spree this offseason, and made great strides in improving their defense. Even though it is still a year away, one thing has to concern fans-the status of Brandon Marshall.
Marshall is entering the final year of his contract. He is due to receive $9.3 million, and if he continues to have seasons like the last two, the price for his services may skyrocket.
Is Marshall worried about his contract? It doesn’t appear so. He is currently is Florida training with some of his teammates, being the good team leader he’s been during his two years in Chicago.
On The Waddle and Silvy Show on Thursday, Marshall was asked about not getting a new contract this offseason. “I have another year left on my contract. If it happens, it happens, if it doesn’t, I’m glad to be a Bear for another year and I’m going to force them to sign me after next year. One way or another, they’re going to get the deal done.”
Over his two seasons with the Bears, Marshall has 218 receptions for 2,803 yards and 23 touchdowns, smashing team season records for wide receivers along the way.
If he becomes a free agent, Marshall would certainly be highly sought after. With receivers getting $15-16 million a year, how high could his price go?
“I’m not going anywhere, man,” Marshall said. “The guys that are out there now like Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald they’re making $16 million, $15 million a year, and I’m not looking for anything like that. A lot of that money goes to the quarterback position and rightfully so.”
Speaking of the quarterback, Jay Cutler just got his big contract, but he has a clause in it that allows the Bears to redo it to free up money. That is exactly what he did to have Jared Allen come on board. Expect it to happen again to keep his BFF.
For now, Marshall is just concerned with improving his team, his community, and himself. “I get a year to deal with that, and right now I’m focusing on how to be a better teammate. How can I grow as a receiver, as a man, as a leader on this team and also in the community. How can our foundation do bigger things? That stuff is going to take care of itself. We have all year to figure that out and I believe we’ll get it done before the end of the season and I’m going to be happy when we do. ”
And what if he plays next season and there is still no new deal? “(I)f it comes down to next year, I’ll be picketing outside of Halas Hall for a new deal, a new contract, because I’m not going anyplace.”
Bears fans are ecstatic to hear that.