Brandon Marshall Plans to be a Bear Long-Term

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Brandon Marshall wants to stay a Bear, and he says he wants a deal that allows the team to stay together.

The Bears' free-agency period has resulted in some pretty hefty money tossed around, in contracts to Jay Cutler, Lamarr Houston, Willie Young, and a restructuring to Jared Allen. With Brandon Marshall heading into the final year of his contract, you'd think he'd be starting to see a bit of that money, but to this point, nothing's been done yet. He's not worried about it, though.

According to ESPN Chicago:

"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."

"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 Thursday on the "Waddle & Silvy" show on ESPN Chicago 1000. "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."

While I'm not sure he can force the Bears to do anything, it's clear he wants to be a Bear in the long term. He's taken on a solid leadership role on the team, especially with holding camp in Florida in the offseason.

Since I'm pretty sure the answer here is "YES DUH" to the question about if you'd want Marshall back, what do you think it would take to keep him in Chicago?

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