Quote of The Day: Brandon Marshall On His Contract Situation With Bears

Quote of The Day: Brandon Marshall On His Contract Situation With Bears
Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears scores a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on November 24, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images North America)

Brandon Marshall isn't concerned one bit about playing the 2014 season on the last year of his current contract.

Marshall, who has one year remaining on his five-year, $44.7 million deal he signed during the 2010 off-season with the Miami Dolphins seems content right now in his current situation.

Marshall has been training down in Florida this off-season with a large group of teammates including buddy Jay Cutler, receivers Marquess Wilson, Alshon Jeffery, running back Matt Forte and linemen Kyle Long and Jermon Bushrod among many.

Chicago is where Marshall wants to be. The 30-year-old made that perfectly clear on Thursday during an appearance on ESPN 1000.

"I'm not going anywhere, man," Marshall said. "The guys that are out there now like Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald they're making $16 million, $15 million a year, and I'm not looking for anything like that. A lot of that money goes to the quarterback position and rightfully so."

Since coming to the Bears via trade in the 2012 off-season, Marshall has started all 32 games the past two seasons putting up impressive numbers, some that no Bears receiver has done up to this point.

The UCF product has 218 catches for 2,803 yards and 23 touchdowns in his career in the windy city. He's averaged just about 87 yards receiving per outing. By comparison, he had 25 touchdown receptions in his first four seasons with the Broncos, so 23 in two seasons is not too shabby.

He set career-highs in receptions (118) and yards (1,508) in 2012, his first with the team.

"I have another year left on my contract. If it happens, it happens, if it doesn't, I'm glad to be a Bear for another year and I'm going to force them to sign me after next year," Marshall said. "One way or another, they're going to get the deal done."

He continued:

"But if it comes down to next year, I'll be picketing outside of Halas Hall for a new deal, a new contract, because I'm not going anyplace."

Marshall understands the business aspect of the game much like most smart athletes do, but he also understands what this team has is very special. The bond that Marshall and Cutler has is something very rare and with Jeffery, Forte and Martellus Bennett all providing a great cast around him, the sky is the limit for this offense.

"We have all year to figure that out and I believe we'll get it done before the end of the season and I'm going to be happy when we do," Marshall said.

Speaking of Jeffery, the third-year South Carolina product has two years remaining on his rookie deal. He will earn around $753,000 this season and $960,000 in 2015. Jeffery could very well be looking for a contract extension as well in the near future.

 

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