Phil Emery and Lovie Smith are meeting the media, and no surprise that Brandon Marshall is a hot topic. We'll highlight some tweets from the Bears beat reporters after the jump. And stay tuned to WCG all day for breaking free agent news.
From Zach Zaidman:
Emery on Marshall situation: "We had done our research."
Emery on Marshall trade: "We felt this was a good decision for us moving forward."
Emery says the Bears have the right locker room leaders and head coach to deal with Marshall
Emery says the Marshall trade got the support of the entire organization, including ownership, but the final decision was his.
UPDATE - Emery calls Kellen Davis a "dynamic athlete."
UPDATE - Emery says don't be surprised if Bears add a few players in the new few days and don't be surprised if they don't.
From Brad Biggs:
Emery believes Lovie Smith, coaching staff will also make a difference for Brandon Marshall. "He needs consistency."
Emery: "I think we have the right position coach in Darryl Drake." Also credits Mike Tice for work previously with Moss & Jeremy Bates.
Emery: "I think that is getting ahead of the process" when asked if
#Bears can be fully confident Brandon Marshall will not be suspended.
Emery says Kellen Davis is "still on the upswing"
UPDATE - Emery stresses that team is stepping back and surveying landscape. After next few days, focus will be turned to draft.
UPDATE - Emery: "This is a very interesting period b/c there have been a lot of signings. There are players, UFA's we are still considering."
#Bears GM Phil Emery says that Eric Weems will contribute as receiver, PR, KR and on ST coverage.
UPDATE - LM:
#Bears GM Phil Emery likes Jason Campbell's arm strength, production, size and experience.
From Sean Jensen:
#Bears GM Phil Emery on Brandon Marshall: "Did Jay have input? Yes. Did Jeremy have input? Yes." But he said he's got an open door #Bears GM Phil Emery: "We really liked Brandon Marshall, the player. Second-most catches of any wideout in the last two years." #Bears GM Phil Emery also said Brandon Marshall's size, route-running and ability to play multiple spots were also very attractive.
#Bears coach Lovie Smith: With every player, there’s some risk involved. But you weigh that... and I looked at what we had in place."
#Bears coach Lovie Smith on Brandon Marshall incident in New York: "I know there are allegations, but you can’t go off of those."