Updates from Wednesday, May 28
Tom Pelissero of USA Today broke down more details of Brandon Marshall's contract extension with the Chicago Bears:
Updates from Thursday, May 22
Brandon Marshall and the Chicago Bears had a press conference on Thursday to discuss the contract extension he signed on Monday.
Marshall discussed the deal and took the time to thank some of the people closest to him, getting emotional in the process (via Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times and the Bears):
The star wide receiver also talked about the trade that moved him from Miami to Chicago and remaining with the organization in the future (via the Bears):
Bears general manager Phil Emery also spoke to the media, discussing Marshall's decision to sign the contract on The View and the organization' thought-process in extending its star (via Bears Radio Network sideline reporter Zach Zaidman and the Bears):
Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall will remain in the Windy City for the foreseeable future. Marshall announced Monday on The View that he has signed a three-year extension worth $30 million, with $1 million of that pledged to raise mental health awareness.
Fox Sports NFL's official Twitter account captured Marshall as he put pen to paper:
The five-time Pro Bowler also took to Twitter to announce his new deal:
The Bears later confirmed the move through their Twitter account:
The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs broke down what Marshall's contract means for the Bears' salary-cap situation moving forward:
Marshall has spread mental health awareness since being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2011. He even wore green cleats for Mental Health Awareness Week in 2013 knowing he would earn a fine from the NFL for a uniform violation.
CBSSports.com's Will Brinson felt the generous donation Marshall made was the real story:
Marshall, 30, has achieved sustained success despite some off-field issues earlier in his career, stringing together seven straight 1,000-yard seasons. He's also coming off a strong 2013 campaign in which he posted a career-high 12 touchdowns.
Although Marshall has accumulated some wear and tear, he could very well continue his Pro-Bowl caliber play with savvy coach Marc Trestman putting together the game plans and cannon-armed quarterback Jay Cutler triggering the passing attack.
Alongside the quarterback with whom he began his career as a member of the Denver Broncos, and rising star receiver Alshon Jeffery, it's easy to see why Marshall decided to stick around. This has been a rare time of offensive stability for the Bears, who narrowly missed the 2013 playoffs.
Marshall will be counted on as a veteran leader to help Chicago contend for the NFC North title and perhaps make a run in the postseason.