I Hate To Say It, but the Bears Were Right Not to Trade for Brandon Marshall

Scott OttersenCorrespondent IApril 14, 2010

DENVER - NOVEMBER 26:  Wide receiver Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos makes a pass reception and is tackled by Terrell Thomas #24 of the New York Giants during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 26, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Giants 26-6. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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It pains me to write this article, because I have been the biggest proponent for the Chicago Bears to work a deal with the Denver Broncos for Brandon Marshall.

But, with news coming out today that the Broncos are dealing Marshall to the Miami Dolphins for two second round draft picks (one this year and one in 2011), I have to say that the Bears were smart not to work a deal with the Broncos.

Now, who knows if the Bears were even trying to court Marshall, but in a perfect world, they should have been, seeing as how he is one of the most talented wide receivers in the NFL and would have been willing to come to Chicago to play alongside his past quarterback in Jay Cutler.

But, with the amount of holes the Bears have on their roster, losing out on two or more draft picks would not have done them any good. 

With the Dolphins giving up two second round draft picks, I would assume the Broncos would have asked for more from the Bears since they do not have a second round pick this upcoming draft.  They would have wanted our third, and possibly our first and third next year, as well.

Now, this is all assumption, of course, but had the Broncos asked for Hester or Aromashadu in return, along with our third round draft pick, I might be less enthused about the Bears losing out on Marshall.  But, if picks were all they wanted, I am at ease with the Bears not going after him.

Of course, this also relies on the assumption that the Bears are done with signing free agents.  A big hole the Bears want to fill is the Safety position, and there are still some big name free agents available (Darren Sharper, Ken Hamlin, Jermaine Phillips, Tyrone Carter, Clinton Hart) that will most likely still be available after the draft.

Therefore, perhaps I should clarify my statement and say that I agree with the Bears not giving up draft picks for Brandon Marshall as long as they are done spending money on the open market to fill voids in their starting roster.

That was a long-winded statement, but it makes sense for the Bears to not give up their strategy of building with the draft from here on out. 

If that is indeed their strategy.

I might be talking myself out of this non-move, but for the Bears team to succeed, as a whole, this was the correct move.

Had they traded for Marshall, their offense would have become an instant threat, but the holes on defense would have made them the Cutler-Marshall Broncos 2.0. 

Wait, what am I saying?!?  I must be out of my mind this morning.  I would have loved to have Brandon Marshall in a Bears jersey.  We aren't going to win next year, anyways, so why not bring him in to make watching the Bears a little more fun.  I wouldn't mind seeing them lose some games 42-38, rather than putting up with 10-6 clunkers that are a complete waste of my time.

On a second note, Bears, shame on you.  Yes, not doing it was smart for the greater good of the team, but with all the big moves you are making this offseason, why not make this big splash to top it off?

Will he be the missing link to our division title chances?

Or, will the Bears make savvy draft choices, pick up a few more veteran free agents and make a run without the likes of Brandon Marshall?

Whichever way it goes, 2010 is looking more promising than 2009.