When Chicago Bears’ wide receiver Brandon Marshall signed his contract extension on “The View” on Monday afternoon, it was believed to provide security for the Bears’ offense for many years to come.
But is that actually true?
Mike Florio of Pro Football talk points that fellow Bears’ wide receiver Alshon Jeffery will soon be due for a new contract. That is why, as Florio points out, Jeffery will be interested in knowing how much guaranteed money Marshall will be receiving in his new contract. Whatever that amount is, that will be the starting point for Jeffery in his negotiations for a new contract with the Bears.
So if Marshall is worth $10 million per year, what will Jeffery get? He’s eligible for a new contract after the 2014 regular season, and he’ll be a free agent after 2015. The Bears will need to pay Jeffery as much or more than Marshall, sooner rather than later.
Jeffery emerged as top-tier wide receiver in the NFL this past season. With Jeffery’s emergence, the Bears’ arguably have the best receiving tandem in the NFL.
Though, the real question is how long will that tandem be together.
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And if they decide that they can’t afford both, the actual guarantee in Marshall’s deal becomes even more relevant, because that will help the Bears figure out when they could move on from Marshall.
This is the nature of the NFL. Despite the fact that Marshall is fresh off a new contract extension with the Bears, the question of how long will he remain in Chicago surfaces.
Though, Bears’ general manager Phil Emery has certainly found a niche when it comes to constructing contracts. The idea of the Bears’ being forced to move on from Marshall in order to sign Jeffery is far-fetched.
With the extensions to Marshall and quarterback Jay Cutler and the emergence of Jeffery, the Bears’ offense is indeed secured for the long-term.