Less than a month after pointing out that the Bears could use some size at wide receiver, Jay Cutler got his wish. Chicago traded two third-round picks to the Dolphins in exchange for Brandon Marshall.
Marshall and Cutler were teammates on the Broncos from 2006-2008 and shared plenty of offensive success. Marshall caught over 100 passes and 1,200 yards in 2007 and 2008, and scored a combine 13 touchdowns. Cutler targeted Marshall a league-leading 179 times in 2008. He clearly feeds the potentially troublesome receiver enough to keep him happy.
The two also seem to have incredible chemistry. At least that’s how Marshall described their relationship during a January radio appearance.
“It’s hard to find that and sometimes it’s once in a lifetime,” Marshall said, “…when you take two guys and put them on the field together and they have that chemistry, that’s what’s almost impossible to find. I can’t explain it. That’s why I said it’s almost painful to think about.
“We’ll line up there and we’ll get a coverage and he will just look at me and I’ll know exactly where he wants to adjust my route. You don’t find that. It got to a point where coaches, they didn’t know what we were doing so we’ll install a whole play and they’ll give us a play on the front side and put me on the back side and they’ll tell us just do what you all do and just make it work. We had a lot of freedom in our offense, and we made it work and chemistry was great. It was something special.”
Jeez man, Brandon was getting all Sixteen Candles on us there. So yeah, now he gets to rekindle his romance with Jay. I don’t know how you could dislike this deal for the Bears. Two third-round picks is not that much, especially for a talented player like Marshall. It’s actually a great deal for them, one that can make a huge difference.Google+