Bears acquire Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall from Miami
BY SEAN JENSEN Twitter: @skjensen March 13, 2012 3:04PM
Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler bonded as Denver Broncos. “Jay is a special talent, and he’s a great friend,” Marshall said. They will be reunited in Chicago after Marshall was traded to the Bears from the Dolphins on March 13, 2012. | Getty Images
Updated: March 13, 2012 7:45PM
Bears general manager Phil Emery didn’t waste any time to make a major move, trading two third-round picks to the Miami Dolphins for three-time Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall.
A league source confirmed the move, which was first reported by Fox Sports.
Marshall thrived in Denver with Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. The two players have remained close friends.
Marshall signed a five-year, $47 million contract in 2010. His average per year is $9.4 million, which is several million less than Vincent Jackson will net in the coming days as an unrestricted free agent.
Asked last month by the Sun-Times about reuniting with Cutler, Marshall said, “Maybe down the road, we may have some extra picks, and we may be able to trade for him.
“But we have a quarterback in place in Matt Moore. He did an amazing job [in the] second half of the season, and where we go from there we’ll see. But Jay is a special talent, and he’s a great friend.”
Marshall said he and Cutler stay in touch.
“We’re very good friends,” Marshall said. “Cutler, man, he’s an amazing guy. He’s probably got one of the biggest hearts. I played with Cutler at a time when I was very young and immature, and his guidance and leadership helped me not fall off the deep end. So Cutler is a very special person to me.”
In July 2011, Marshall announced at a news conference that he had been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, and he hoped to spread awareness about the illness. It has affected him throughout his adult life, and it has played a part in a couple of legal incidents.
On Jan. 8, from his verified Twitter account, Marshall wrote, “I miss Jay Cutler believing in me like that.”