The Bears reward their own players — especially when they epitomize what a true Chicago Bear is.
On Monday, wide receiver Brandon Marshall announced his three-year, $30 million contract extension on his appearance on The View, while rocking a blue suit jacket with a plain white shirt underneath.
The five-time Pro Bowler was set to play out the 2014 season with only one year remaining on his current deal that will pay him $9.4 million.
The three-year contract extension includes a $23 million, according to reports and will keep the 30-year-old UCF product under contract through the 2017 season. Marshall plans to donate $1 million of his new contract to help people with mental health issues.
Since landing in Chicago via trade with Miami for two third-round selections in March of 2012, the 6-foot-4, 230 pound Marshall has consistently made big plays for the Bears.
Reuniting with his best bud Jay Cutler revitalized Marshall’s career after a falling out with the Dolphins. He’s started all 32 games in his two seasons with the Bears, where he’s reeled in 218 catches for 2,803 yards and 23 touchdowns.
With the Bears he’s posted double-digit touchdowns (11 in 2012, 12 in 2013) for the first time in his career, while averaging a career-best 87.9 yards receiving per game and a solid 12.9 yards per catch.
On top of the 11 touchdown grabs in his 2012, during his first season with the Bears, he set franchise single-season records in receptions (118) and receiving yards (1,508).
Last season’s 12 touchdown receptions placed Marshall third on the franchise single-season record for touchdown catches in a season behind only Ken Kavanaugh and Dick Gordon’s 13 in 1947 and 1970, respectively. It was also the most by a Bears player since Curtis Conway’s 12 in 1995.
Marshall defines what a true Bear is and deserves to follow in the footsteps of the recent leaders who earned contract extensions, Matt Forte and Lance Briggs.
The Bears didn’t shy away from re-signing their own players this off-season either by bringing back some key pieces in kicker Robbie Gould, cornerback Charles Tillman, Cutler, left guard Matt Slauson, cornerback Tim Jennings and defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff.
In four games against the Packers as a Bear, Marshall has 21 grabs for 261 yards and three touchdown receptions. Since his disappointing debut against Green Bay back in Week Two in 2012 (2 catches for 24 yards), Marshall has caught a touchdown pass in three consecutive games.
He also has three touchdown grabs against both the rival Lions and Vikings in that span. That includes an impressive seven catch, 139 yard, two touchdown performance in a 21-19 Week 10 loss to Detroit last season.
A contract extension with Marshall was expected to be a priority, but it didn’t seem as if it would come this early in the off-season. However, the Bears have done a great job keeping their veteran players happy, Marshall now being included.
This play below proves once again why Brandon Marshall is a true Chicago Bear.
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