Ever since Brandon Marshall was traded to the Chicago Bears two years ago, it did not take long for Marshall to declare that he would like to end his career while playing for the Bears.
On Monday, Marshall took a step towards that goal. Marshall signed a three-year contract extension with the Bears on Monday that will keep him with the team through the 2017 season. Marshall will be 34 years old by the time his contract with the Bears expires. Though, Marshall does not plan on retiring after his current contract expires.
“They’re going to have to rip the jersey off of my back [for me to stop playing],” Marshall said. “I’ve always said I want to play 14 years. That’s always been my goal. But maybe [I'll play until I'm] 36 years old. Who knows?-Brandon Marshall, ESPN Chicago
Marshall has shown no signs of slowing down. In his first two seasons with the Bears, Marshall has totaled 218 receptions while going over 1,200 yards in each season and tallying a total of 23 touchdowns.
Beyond playing until he is 36, Marshall is striving to pass Cris Carter.
“I’m trying to pass Cris Carter in everything. I don’t think I have it in me to go for Jerry [Rice]. That’s 20 years I would have to play. Maybe with modern medicine and all this new technology, I could potentially play that long, but I’ve had three hip surgeries. I’m just asking for six more [years in the league].”-Marshall, ESPN Chicago
After eight seasons in the NFL, Marshall is currently 389 receptions; 73 touchdowns; and 4,849 yards behind passing Carter. Assuming Marshall stays healthy and plays on the same pace that he has, surpassing the receiving totals of Carter should be an achievable feat for the Bears’ wide receiver.
Marshall will be entering his ninth season in the NFL once the season starts in September.