MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins have traded All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears in exchange for two third-round picks, according to Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com.
Marshall was acquired just a few years ago for two second-round picks from the Denver Broncos. He has one of the most dominant wide receivers since 2007 in the NFL, but struggled at times in Miami both on and off the field.
Marshall’s most notorious off-field incident came after a domestic violence problem with his wife that ended up with him being stabbed. The wide receiver was later diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and has since been good off the field and worked to educate people about the disease.
Dolphins running back Reggie Bush said it’s just the nature of the business to be here today and gone tomorrow.
“That’s the league for you, one day your (sic) hear next day your (sic) gone,” Bush tweeted. “Chicago is getting one hell of a player!”
Few could question the production on the field for the most part. He was a 1,000 yard receiver in his two years in Miami, but he also developed a bad case of the drops over the past couple of years. Over the past four years, Marshall has dropped 51 passes, some coming at the most crucial points in games.
The move could end up saving the Dolphins upwards of $11.35 million in salary cap space this season, giving the Fins plenty of money to play with in free agency and the NFL draft.
The move sets up a plethora of options for the Dolphins. It could mean the Fins are going all-in for Peyton Manning; they could be trying to sign nose tackle Paul Soliai long-term; they could be trying to sign defensive end Mario Williams.
For the Bears, the team will get a mercurial receiver who can also be a game-breaker with the right quarterback. As a member of the Chicago Bears, Marshall will once again have Jay Cutler throwing him the football.
Marshall had his best seasons in 2007 and 2008 with Cutler throwing him the football.
The NFL year has started with a bang for the Miami Dolphins, but it remains to be seen whether the Fins can close the deal with the biggest free agents.