The Bears Have Traded For Brandon Marshall. Here Is Our Knee-Jerk Reaction.
March 13 / Dan Fogarty / SportsGrid
The Bears have traded two third-round draft picks to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for mercurial wideout Brandon Marshall, and Jay Cutler now has his first real receiving threat since he and Marshall were teammates in Denver from 2006-2008. Here are three instant, knee-jerk reactions to the trade.
This does not make the Bears the favorite to win the NFC.
With no real receiving threat, the Bears were one of the NFC's best teams until Jay Cutler went down with a season-ending thumb injury. And even though Marshall is a) a head case and b) drops way too many balls, he definitely falls into the category of "receiving threat."
Marshall, however, is a high-risk, high-reward player. This move is just as likely to flame out spectacularly as it is to make the Bears offense finally click. It also doesn't solve the long-standing issue that is the team's porous offensive line. Also, the addition of Marshall doesn't make the Bears the outright favorite to win their own division, let alone the conference -- remember, Aaron Rodgers still calls the NFC North home.
This all changes if the Bears acquire Mario Williams through free agency. Then, yes, they are the favorites (in my mind) to win the NFC.
Peyton Manning indirectly caused this trade.
There are two scenarios here, and both involve Manning indirectly causing this deal to occur.