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The Weekend Bears Den: March 07, 2015 - Offseason Chicago Bears news & notes

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Assessing the player profile for Vic Fangio’s scheme - Greg Gabriel: Knowing what Fangio has used in the past, it becomes easier to figure out what players on the current roster the new coaching staff will try and to keep and possibly convert to a new position.

This Bears rebuild is going to be very painful - Steven Ruiz: The trade of Brandon Marshall signals a few long seasons ahead for the Bears, who are in the early stages of a massive rebuild.

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Brandon Marshall traded to the New York Jets

Bears to trade Brandon Marshall to Jets - Michael C. Wright, Rich Cimini: The Jets are sending a fifth-round pick to the Bears in the trade, which will also rely on Marshall passing a physical.  Not-Hub FishbainWill reunite with two coaches from stint with the Dolphins.

Bears trade Brandon Marshall to Jets - Adam L. Jahns: Bears free up roughly $4 million in salary-cap space with the trade, but this isn’t a salary-cap move.  Will Brinson5 things to know.

Bears to trade Brandon Marshall to Jets - Dan Wiederer: Receiver’s exit will relieve the organization of some of the exhausting tension that has seemed to follow Marshall around throughout his career.

Bears agree to trade Marshall to the Jets - Moon Mullin: Injuries severely affected his production in 2014, but production was not the tipping point of the Marshall issue for the Bears, with the receiver contributing to the breakdown of the internal culture. Cutler-Marshall 'bond' fractured at the end.

Marshall trade means one less distraction for Bears - Bob LeGere: Rather than contend with his frequent off-the-field distractions, the Bears' new bosses chose to remove Marshall and his longtime trend of seeming to put himself ahead of his team.

Marshall trade addition by subtraction - Is-Hub Arkush: Marshall's constant need for the spotlight, often at the expense of teammates and the team, and me–first attitude about everything created an impossible environment in the locker room, on the sidelines, and in the huddle ... [Video].

Ryan Pace cuts ties with Marshall in first big player move - Dan Wiederer: For a dynamic playmaker who has averaged 94 catches, 1,183 yards and eight TDs per year over the last eight seasons, Marshall's history of being traded three times since April 2010 is both atypical and telling.

Marshall trade the first power move from Ryan Pace - Dan Durkin: This move signals the desire for the new regime to rid itself of a divisive force off the field. Marshall became the loudest voice, for the wrong reasons, in a locker room short on leadership.

How the Bears, Marshall reached the point of no return - Dan Bernstein: Ownership and upper management felt Marshall's divisiveness and selfish, unpredictable attention-grabbing was no longer counterbalanced by enough actual value, while teammates' support for his continued presence was minimal, at best.

Bears face challenge replacing Marshall's production - Michael C. Wright: Team could go with Alshon Jeffery as their No. 1 receiver, but there are also several options available in free agency.

Marshall trade can be a win for both sides - Adam L. Jahns: Brandon Marshall said last month he wanted to remain Chicago, but there are benefits to leaving, too.  Patrick FinleyCould be good for Marshall's TV career.

Right time to trade Marshall - Jon Greenberg: Marshall changed the paradigm of a Bears receiver in his three seasons, but it didn't amount to a single playoff appearance; better for Bears to have space now to rebuild their roster.  Brad BiggsBears' biggest miscalculation: extending Marshall a year early.

Brandon Marshall wasn't the man John Fox needs - David Haugh: Football remains a game in which unity and chemistry matter, and the Bears believed they could achieve both better without the best WR in team history. Fox wants Super Bowlers, not Pro Bowlers.

Brandon Marshall, goodbye and good riddance! - Rick Morrissey: Too many people are still clutching to the idea that the offense can hold things together until Pace rebuilds the defense. No, tear it down and start over. Marshall was the first step.

Give Ryan Pace a raise: He somehow traded Marshall - Steve Rosenbloom: The new GM found a team stupid enough to give up something for a player the Bears were going to cut next week.

[Video] ESPN - Adam Schefter reacts to the Bears trading Brandon Marshall to the Jets.

[Video] ESPN - Dan Graziano explains why the Bears chose to trade Brandon Marshall for the cap space; for the Jets, the deal puts a spotlight on the team's questions at QB ... [Video] Rich Cimini: Marshall worth the risk for Jets ... Doug FarrarCan Marshall jumpstart Jets' passing game?

[Audio] - ESPN NFL Insider Jim Trotter delves into the Bears trading Brandon Marshall to the Jets, what Chicago's plans are moving forward, and other free agency possibilities.

[Video] Kap & Haugh Show - Reaction to Bears trading Marshall to Jets ... What went wrong with Marshall in Chicago?

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin on the Marshall trade: Super Bowl-winning teams tend to have a variety of weapons, don't do it with one receiver catching 100 passes.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Did the Bears make the right move trading Marshall?

[Video] - Adam Hoge weighs in on Brandon Marshall trade: How will Bears fill the void?

Photos - The Herald's gallery of Brandon Marshall's time as a Bear.


Ranking the Bears' free agents: No. 3 - Michael C. Wright: Lance Briggs possesses the smarts and physical skills to excel at ILB in this scheme, but the team reportedly aren't interested in bringing him back in 2015.

Bears free-agent spotlights - Not-Hub Fishbain takes a look at the likely Bears futures of Darryl Sharpton, Sherrick McManis, and Danny McCray.

Biggest needs for each NFC team in free agency - Elliot Harrison: WR is now a need following the Brandon Marshall trade, while moving to a 3-4 will require some D-line housekeeping and some upgrades in the linebacking corps.  Kevin Patra: Free agent defensive backs.

Bears’ salary cap outlook - Dan Durkin: Ryan Pace enters his first offseason as an NFL GM with a healthy salary cap situation, the team effectively having a $26 million budget for free agency once the draft class has been factored in.

Bears mailbag (pre-Marshall trade) - Michael C. Wright's readers' Q&As on the chances of retaining Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs, and likelihood of adding Vince Wilfork.

Bears sign Clausen to one-year deal - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Friday re-signed Jimmy Clausen to a one-year contract extension through the 2015 season ... Photos ... [Video] highlights.

After Bears deal Marshall, what's next for Cutler? - Patrick Finley: The most likely outcome is still keeping Jay Cutler this season, but the Bears’ new bosses were clear with their moves Friday: Nothing is off the table.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Is a Cutler trade looming?  Brad BiggsTitans are only realistic trade option, and that could be long shot.

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Draft preview - Greg Gabriel breaks down the top 5 receivers in the 2015 Draft.

What the asking price should be for 19 top free agents - Joel Corry: What are the target asking prices for Ndamukong Suh, Justin Houston and other top free agents? And what teams are in the market? [And how dire a group of QBs is it if Brian Hoyer is a top free agent? - Den]

Can't afford big-ticket NFL free agents? - Pete Prisco: A cheaper alternative for every big-ticket free agent, such as Tyson Alualu instead of Ndamukong Suh.  ( Best free-agent bargains.

NFL free agency - Chris Burke: Free-agent bust candidates in position for outsized contracts.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Three-year deal with veteran kicker Matt Prater a pre-free agency win for Detroit.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Paul Imig: Davon House's preference to re-sign, but the team has not reached out at all to their free-agent cornerback.


The box kick by Conor Murray into the corner for a leaping Robbie Henshaw to score at 3:20 into the video is as pretty as any pass to an outside receiver to score in the corner, only Henshaw also had to touch the ball down for the score.  Great result, provided you were supporting Ireland.  Which I was.