Brandon Marshall: I'll force the Bears to sign me

Brandon Marshall: I'll force the Bears to sign me
March 28, 2014, 9:30 am
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Scott Krinch

The Bears were able to create a bit of wiggle room in their salary cap after Jay Cutler restructured his long-term contract.

Chicago was able to clear $4 million in cap space with the move, and used a hefty amount of that sum to sign five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen to a four-year deal on Wednesday morning.

And thanks to Cutler, the Bears also have added cap space to possibly re-sign All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who's contract expires following the 2014 season.

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Although Marshall isn't concerned about his future because he knows there's only one place he wants to be.

"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 told the "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on Thursday. "One way or another, they're going to get the deal done.

"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."

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Last season Marshall ranked in the upper echelon of every major wide receiver statistic. He finished with 1,295 yards (11th), 12 touchdowns (5th), 100 receptions (5th) and 70 first downs (1st). Marshall is a due a reasonable $9.1 million in 2014, but he should see a major increase in his next contract.

But don't expect Marshall to use those numbers as leverage for his next contract.

“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."