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Brandon Marshall on the trade block

Trades can't officially happen until the NFL league year starts on Tuesday, March 10th, but the Chicago Bears are actively shopping wide receiver Brandon Marshall according to the Tribune's Brad Biggs.

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Now it makes sense why the Chicago Bears met with free agent wide out Brandon Hartline yesterday.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sources: <a href="">#Bears</a> are exploring trade options for WR Brandon Marshall. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) <a href="">March 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Even though Marshall has been on relatively good behavior during his time as a Bear, there were still some headache moments last season. It's perfectly logical for the Bears to do their due diligence on a possible trade with a new regime in place. This is especially true if they feel Alshon Jeffery is ready for true #1 WR status, plus you need to factor in the strength of this year's draft class of wide outs.

The soon to be 31 year old Marshall had an injury riddled year last season when he had the lowest catches and yards since his rookie season of 2006.

Here is the financial situation from Biggs.

The Bears extended Marshall's contract last spring and he earned $15 million in 2014 in a deal created by former general manager Phil Emery. The contract includes a $200,000 workout bonus for this coming season meaning the Bears can save $7.7 million in cash by releasing him. The Bears have roughly $27 million in cap space and shedding Marshall would create $3.95 million in cap savings although he would count $5.625 million in dead money and be off the books in 2016.

With the Bears expected to move towards a more balanced offensive attack, having two Pro Bowl talents at wide out may be a luxury the Bears feel they don't need.

What are your thoughts on the Bears shopping Brandon Marshall?