Bears GM Phil Emery was something of an amateur prophet, albeit clearly with some inside information when he spoke Monday about Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall:
“A great player, obviously a player we’d like to have with the Bears for the long term,” Emery said on WSCR-AM 670’s “The Mully and Hanley Show.”
The Bears will indeed have Marshall for an extended term, through 2017, after the five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver signed a three-year extension Monday morning during an appearance on ABC-TV’s “The View.”
Marshall was heading into the final year of his Bears contract at $9.3 million, with the new deal worth an additional $30 million per Marshall’s own tweet.
Marshall has had several minor hip surgeries and has been hindered at times in the offseason and training camp with hip discomfort. But he has played no fewer than 14 games in any of his eight seasons and has not missed a game in the past three, including his two as a Bear.
Marshall set the Bears franchise record with a career-high 118 catches in 2012, then followed that with 100 last season as the offense spread the ball among Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte more effectively.
But the decision to extend Marshall and effectively make him a Bear for the remainder of his career was qualitative as well as quantitative.
“He gets along very well with his teammates,” Emery said. “The things he did during the offseason to show leadership and help pull the team together mean a lot. It just shows the quality of person he is.”
Marshall was appearing on “The View” with wife Michi as part of Mental Health Awareness Month, and he pledged $1 million to mental health research and treatment. Marshall established a foundation of his own after being diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.