News over the past few days has indicated that the Chicago Bears were shopping wide receiver Brandon Marshall, looking to find a trade partner. Today, it seems the Bears found their partner. ESPN's Adam Schefter has reported that the Bears have agreed to send Marshall to the New York Jets. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora added that the Bears are expected to receive a fifth round draft pick in exchange for Marshall.
Marshall is entering his tenth year in the league, and will be playing for his fourth team. The University of Central Florida product was a fourth-round selection of the Denver Broncos in 2006. In four years with the Broncos, Marshall appeared in 61 games with 45 starts, catching 327 passes for 4,019 yards with 25 touchdowns.
Before the 2010 season, the Miami Dolphins traded for Marshall, sending the Broncos two second round picks. After two seasons with the Dolphins, Marshall had started 30 games, making 167 receptions for 2,228 yards with nine touchdowns.
The Dolphins moved Marshall before the 2012 season, trading him to Chicago for two third round draft choices. Over the last three seasons, Marshall has recorded 279 receptions for 3,524 yards and 31 touchdowns in 45 starts.
Marshall is a five time Pro-Bowl selection, twice with the Broncos, once with the Dolphins, and twice with the Bears. He was also a First-Team All-Pro selection in 2012.
Marshall is considered a difficult personality in the locker room, and sometimes on the field. He has been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, but overall, it just seems that the receiver simply outstays his welcome with a team, and new coaching staffs not wanting to continue to deal with him; both the Dolphins and Bears trades came in the same offseason in which a new head coach was hired.
The move puts Marshall back into the AFC East. It also send him to a coach who should understand what he is getting in the receiver. Jets head coach Todd Bowles was the Dolphins assistant head coach and secondary coach when Miami traded to get the receiver.