The Chicago Bears have formally begun to reinvent their team for the upcoming season. Bears fans have long waited for the organization to make much anticipated acquisitions to add to the struggling offense. So, when new Bears GM Phil Emery made a play to establish his new found authority by going out and getting pro-bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall from the Miami Dolphins, it looked as if the Bears would be getting a number one wide receiver as well as uniting Marshall with former Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler. It was a match made in heaven, but now the deal appears to be one-sided for Chicago as bad-boy Brandon is up to his usual antics again and is on the verge of a possible suspension. The biggest question now is how concerned should the Chicago Bears be about their newest team member?
The move to get the Miami wide-out was a bold one from Chicago. By trading two third round picks in a deal that will strengthen the Chicago receiving core, the Bears hope to one up their NFC North foes from Wisconsin this season. But as fate would have it, the deal has been hindered by an incident at a New York City nightclub that may see Mr. Marshall sit the bench for several games. It was a woman named Christin Myles who claimed Marshall left her with a black eye and some vision problems after he struck her in the face with a closed fist. She is seeking damages and expects Marshall to be held “criminally responsible” for his actions.
This incident, along with many others that concern the former Dolphin receiver couldn’t have come at a far worse time for him. Marshall says he is not afraid about being suspended by the NFL and is looking to forward to moving to the Windy City. The real problem however is if Marshall does in fact earn a suspension, the Bears need to begin thinking of how to solve their wide-receiving woes.
Are the Bears being duped in this situation? That answer is likely to come in the months following, while police officers and league officials examine the situation. The Bears are hoping this unfortunate incident will blow over and Marshall will become the wide-out they know (and we know) he is capable of being. As evident as it may be, if Marshall is suspended, the Bears will be in a rut come the regular season. For years, they have been itching to find Jay Cutler some receiving weapons to help him out. Marshall is in fact an answer to that problem. Of course if he’s sidelined; the Bears are back to square one offensively.
The Bears didn’t waste any time in the free agent market. This trade is the first and biggest of Phil Emery’s new role, replacing fired general manager Jerry Angelo. Emery, along with the rest of Chicago is hoping Marshall can be the first Bears receiver to have the first 1,000-yard receiving season since Marty Booker back in 2002. Marshall hopes the suspension is waived as he recently stated he hopes to finish his NFL career as a Chicago Bear.
The Bears are taking an enormous risk at the moment and hope to be right about their decision in taking Marshall because if things don’t pan out on a positive note, then fingers are going to be pointing at new appointed GM Mr. Emery.
What do you think? Could the Bears acquisition of Marshall be one-sided if he earns a suspension?
Chris Strong is a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan living in the heart of Chicago and though he gets many strange looks wearing his green and gold, he represents his team proudly in the windy city. By day, Chris is a supervisor at a Chicago Cubs merchandise store located across the way from Wrigley Field, not to mention an avid film and media writer. By night, Chris continues to pursue a sports writing career as he loves all things football, especially the NFL.