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With New Deal, Marshall Intent On Retiring A Bear- Brandon Marshall will be around at least four more years in a Chicago Bears uniform, and maybe even more than that in his mind.
“They’re going to have to rip the jersey off of my back,” Marshall said. “Coming in, I always said I wanted to play 14 years. That was my goal. But maybe (I get to) 36 (years old). Who knows? ... Maybe with modern medicine and all this new technology, I can potentially play (for 20 years). But I’ve had three hip surgeries. I’m just asking for six more.” (Dan Wiederer; Chicago Tribune)
Bears Smart To Lock Up Brandon Marshall, But Move Is Not Without Risk- The Marshall contract was pretty much a no-brainer for Phil Emery to get done, but that doesn't mean there aren't risks with the signing as well. (Matt Eurich; Bleacher Report)
Marshall Extension The Ultimate Risk-Reward For Emery And The Bears (Mike Burzawa; Bear Goggles On)
Bears Needed To Bring Back Rock On Offense- Michael C. Wright writes why the Bears had no choice but to lock up Marshall. (Michael C. Wright; ESPN Chicago)
Marshall Impressed With Bears' Offseason- Marshall, like most of us, has been very impressed with what the moves Phil Emery has made this offseason.
"Phil Emery and the guys upstairs have done an amazing job, not just this year, but also last year," Marshall said Tuesday on "The Carmen & Jurko Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000. "What they've done on the offensive side and how they revamped the offensive line in one draft and one free agency [is impressive]. Now they are doing the same on the defensive side." (Michael C. Wright; ESPN Chicago)
Cutler, Marshall Deals Lock In Changing 'Face' Of Franchise- (John Mullin; CSN Chicago)
Brandon Marshall Talks Career Goals- "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]." (Jeff Dickerson; ESPN Chicago)
Brandon Marshall Fine Continuing NFL's Disgraceful Treatment Of Mental Illness- Must-read piece here from Jeff Hughes. (Jeff Hughes; Da Bears Blog)
Alshon Jeffery Is On Deck For A Big Deal- Alshon Jeffery is eligible for a new contract after the 2014 season, and is set to be a free-agent after the 2015 season. It's hard to see any chance the Bears let their young star receiver get away, but they're likely going to have pay him a pretty hefty contract. (Mike Florio; Pro Football Talk)
Super Bowl Window Open Now For Bears (John Mullin; CSN Chicago)
Early Projections For The Bears' Final 53-Man Roster- Matt Eurich projects the Bears' 53-man roster. The only player (as he and I already talked about) that I think should be on these projections at the moment that isn't, is kick returner Chris Williams. Phil Emery spoke highly of Williams on the radio on Monday. (Matt Eurich; Bleacher Report)
Projected Chicago Bears 2014 Starters- (Gregg Rosenthal; NFL.Com)
What Offseason Moves Are Next For The Bears With The Draft Complete- (Ross Read; Bleacher Report)
'More Physical' Rookie Camp Leaves Bears Upbeat- (John Mullin; CSN Chicago)
Bears Sign Rookies Perry, Trice- The Bears signed Louisville running back Senorise Perry and North Texas safety Marcus Trice after the two players impressed on a tryout basis at rookie minicamp. (Larry Mayer; ChicagoBears.Com)
Emery: Greater Value At CB Over S- One of the many reasons the Bears liked cornerback Kyle Fuller over safeties such as Calvin Pryor and HaHa Clinton-Dix was the greater value cornerbacks have in the NFL over safeties.
“You can’t lose sight that as a league, the corner position is more valued,” Emery said. “There was a number of top safety contracts recently signed: Jairus Byrd, Earl Thomas, Donte Whitner and T.J. Ward. Look at those contracts versus the top cornerback contracts recently signed: Richard Sherman, Aqib Talib, Sam Shields and Joe Haden. On the average, those deals for cornerbacks are much higher, starting on average per year from $10 million to $14 million. The range for safeties is about $7 million to $10 million on the very top end.
"Cornerbacks have always been more valued than safeties, so you always have to look at the value of the position. You also have to look at who you play and at the league as a whole. A good portion of the time your third cornerback is a starter. There were times last year the nickel cornerback played 70 to 80 percent of the snaps. We look at the nickel as a versatile player that can play inside, outside and cover tight ends, running backs and wideouts. We definitely knew we would get the rep value when we took Kyle Fuller. For us, that was the best player for the Bears.” (Jeff Dickerson; ESPN Chicago)
Fales To Push For No. 2 Job, Eventually- (Larry Mayer; Chicago Bears.Com)
Jordan Palmer First In Line As Bears' Backup QB- Marc Trestman told Jordan Palmer that the quarterback will have the first shot up (ahead of rookie David Fales) at being Jay Cutler's backup(Adam L. Jahns; Chicago Sun-Times)
Jordan Lynch Embraces Change To Running Back. Will He Make Bears Roster?- Jordan Lynch is not an NFL quarterback, and he immediately accepted that, signing as a running back with the Bears as an undrafted free agent right after the draft ended on Saturday. You have to certainly respect that after players like Tim Tebow have been in denial about their (lack of) abilities as an NFL quarterback, and rejected opportunities to try to make NFL rosters at other positions. (Jeff Hughes; Da Bears Blog)
Pass-Protection Next Thing On Jordan Lynch's To-Learn List- Pass-protection is one of the most important areas Jordan Lynch will have to impress at in order to make the Bears' 53-man roster. (Adam L. Jahns; Chicago Sun-Times)
Ka'Deem Carey Poised To Be Matt Forte's Understudy With Bears- (Patrick Finley; Chicago Sun-Times)
Rookie Punter Shows Strong Leg- Pat O'Donnell was booming punts at rookie minicamp. (Larry Mayer; ChicagoBears.Com)
Christian Jones Fueled By Draft Snub- While Jordan Lynch gets most of the talk for the Bears' 2014 undrafted free agent class, Christian Jones is probably the top prospect of the group. The Florida State linebacker was projected to be a second or third-round pick before failing a drug test at the Combine. And he's ready to show teams that they made a mistake in not selecting him in the draft. (Larry Mayer; ChicagoBears.Com)
DeCamillis: Mannelly's Future Unknown- Patrick Mannelly, 39, has been a Chicago Bear more than any player in franchise history. But, following hip surgery (and of course with his age), the perennial long snapper and perennial Bears special teams captain isn't sure if he wants to play in 2014. (Jeff Dickerson; ESPN Chicago)
Aaron Kromer's Role Expanding In 2014 (Sam Householder; Windy City Gridiron)
Bears LB Coach Reggie Herring Tackles Problem At Position (Adam L. Jahns; Chicago Sun-Times)
Yes, Of Course Phil Emery Uses Lil Wayne To Inspire His Staff- Hahahahaha, Phil. (670 The Score)
Audio: Phil Emery On With 'Mully & Hanley' (670 The Score)
Audio: Phil Emery On With 'Carmen & Jurko (ESPN Radio 1000)
Video Of The Day
Highlights of the Bears' spectacular wide receiving duo that is together for at least two more years (and likely at least four, assuming No. 17 signs an extension eventually), Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery:
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