The Chicago Bears Aquire Pro Bowl Receiver Brandon Marshall In Trade
I bet Viking's fans agree that he would've looked good in purple. As we await any signings from the Vikings or Packers, this trade will certainly impact the NFC North as now teams get to face Brandon Marshall twice every year.
League sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Chicago will send its third-round pick in 2012 and 2013 to Miami for Marshall.
There was widespread speculation that the Bears would go after a high-profile free-agent receiver such as Vincent Jackson, but they filled their biggest hole with a blockbuster trade, instead, sending two undisclosed draft picks to Miami.
It's the first big move under new general manager Phil Emery, who replaced the fired Jerry Angelo, and it gives Jay Cutler the go-to receiver he's been seeking since he arrived from the Broncos in a trade three years ago.
Even better, it reunites him with one of his top targets in Denver. Jeremy Bates, who was Cutler and Marshall's offensive coordinator in Denver, is also the Bears' passing game coordinator.
Marshall made the Pro Bowl for the third time last year, when he had 81 catches for 1,214 yards and six scores. But he also dropped at least four potential touchdown catches and failed to end his career-long playoff drought.
The Dolphins had a losing record in each of his two seasons with them, and coach Tony Sparano was fired in December.