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Revisiting The Brandon Marshall Trade

Earlier this week, Brandon Marshall signed a three-year, $30 million contract extension. Since coming over from the Miami Dolphins in 2012, he has been one of the best receivers in the league. He has also mentored Pro Bowl receiver Alshon Jeffery, and has been a real leader in the Bears’ locker room.

Marshall posted back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons with the Dolphins. He was clearly their best receiver, going to the Pro Bowl, and even winning Pro Bowl MVP in 2012. He was troubled, however. He had some domestic issues. He also had a bizarre cab altercation at the Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood Airport.

The Dolphins had a new regime coming in with Joe Philbin as head coach. They were looking to draft a quarterback in the draft (they drafted Ryan Tannehill). There was concern the Marshall would be a disruptive force in the Dolphins’ locker room, and he would negatively affect a young quarterback’s development.

Well, Marshall got to Chicago and all eyes were on him, waiting for him to make a misstep.

Well, two years later, it has not happened.

We see how great Marshall has been while with the Bears. What did the Dolphins get in the deal?

The Bears sent their 2012 and 2013 third round picks to Miami. The Dolphins traded the Bears’ 2012 pick to the San Diego Chargers for their third and sixth round picks. With those picks, they drafted tight end Michael Egnew and wide receiver B.J. Cunningham.

With the 2013 pick, the Dolphins selected cornerback Will Davis.

Cunningham never played for the Dolphins. He got cut by them, and picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles and has spent most of his time there on the practice squad.

Egnew has been a bust for the Dolphins. In two seasons with them, he has just 7 catches for 69 yards and no touchdowns.

Davis did not play for the Dolphins last season. He is still on the active roster, however.

As you can see, the Bears got a steal with Marshall. They also got a bargain when they re-signed him. He has transformed himself in Chicago. In fact, in his press conference after signing the extension, he spoke about the trade. “It was life-saving and career-saving.” 

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