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New Bears GM Phil Emery wasn't shy about making a splash this offseason.
After taking over for Jerry Angelo, Emery got aggressive to fill the holes on his roster.
Early on, he sent a couple of draft picks to the Miami Dolphins for Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall to cross off the need for a No. 1 receiver.
In free agency, Emery signed running back Michael Bush, backup quarterback Jason Campbell and receiver/returner Eric Weems.
Bush could play a huge role if Matt Forte holds out or somehow ends up not in Chicago for the 2012 season. In 16 games for the Oakland Raiders last season, Bush ran for 977 yards and seven scores.
Campbell was signed to make sure a late-season slide—like the disaster in 2011—doesn't happen again if quarterback Jay Cutler has to miss any time.
But the key man who needs to fit in is Marshall, who represents the team's first legitimate No. 1 receiver since the days of Marty Booker and Marcus Robinson.
With the quarterback-hampered Miami Dolphins last season, Marshall caught 81 balls for 1,214 yards and six scores. In two full seasons working with Cutler in Denver, Marshall averaged 101 catches for nearly 1,300 yards.
If the Bears can repeat that kind of production between the two in Chicago, this should be a football team that is a contender in the NFC—not just the NFC North, but the conference as a whole.