Bears trade for receiver Brandon Marshall
Online Staff Report
The Chicago Bears have acquired Pro-Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall through a trade with the Miami Dolphins for the Bears’ third-round picks in 2012 and 2013.
Marshall, who turns 28 March 23, was a teammate of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler for three seasons in Denver. In two of those three seasons, the 6-foot-4-inch Marshall had more than 100 receptions for more than 1,000 yards.
Last season with Miami, Marshall had 81 receptions for 1,214 yards and six touchdowns. The Bears’ leading receiver last season was running back Matt Forte, who had 52 receptions for 490 yards and 1 touchdown in 12 games.
Marshall was due $9.3 million, $9.1 million and $9.1 million over the next three seasons. The move created space under Miami’s salary cap that is expected to be used in attempts to sign free-agent quarterback Peyton Manning.
The trade was first repoted by FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer.
The Bears also agreed to terms with veteran quarterback Jason Campbell on a one-year contract. The 30-year-old has played six seasons in the NFL with Washington and Oakland, and has thrown for 14,417 yards, 74 touchdowns and 50 interceptions. He has a career completion percentage of 60.8, a career record of 31-39 as a starter and a career 82.8 passer rating.
Campbell is expected to serve as Cutler’s backup in 2012. Following a Nov. 20, 2011, injury that ended Cutler’s season, the Bears, who were 7-3 at the time, finished the season 1-5 and missed the playoffs.
Posted March 13, 2012
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