There’s another #1 receiver in the NFC North and his name is Brandon Marshall. The Chicago Bears brought Marshall into the division today, trading two 3rd round picks (2012 and 2013) to the Dolphins in exchange.
So let’s see. So far this offseason the Bears have placated the ever-moody Jay Cutler by canning Mike Martz, hiring Jeremy Bates as QB coach and now trading for his old Denver receiving partner Marshall. That’s how you try to maximize a QB investment. Whether it actually works remains to be seen. Marshall himself is not exactly a sure thing, what with his rather spotty personal history and occasional tendency to drop balls. He’s certainly a more viable top receiver than anyone the Bears had last year though. So, it’s a win for them.
With the receiver thing fixed, the Bears now figure to work on buttressing their aging defense. There’s a chance they could make a run at Mario Williams, a somewhat terrifying prospect given that they already have Julius Peppers. And the Vikings? Most expect them to be quiet as mice at least during this first frenzied part of free agency. After the Marshall trade, maybe they should consider taking a run at a cornerback? Or two? Or three?