Marshall a Dolphin, All Bears Could Do Was Sit Back

Ryan TerrellContributor IIApril 14, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 31:  Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the 2010 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 31, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Forget about a Cutler-to-Marshall reunion.

With the Miami Dolphins shipping a pair of second-round picks to the Denver Broncos for Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall April 14, the Bears lost out on a chance to reunite one of the most electrifying quarterback-wide receiver tandems in the league. Oh, what could have been.

The Bears could have had a realistic shot at acquiring the 6-foot-4 beast of a wideout, had they not shipped this year’s second rounder to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last October for the now deceased Gaines Adams.

The Dolphins sent Denver the No. 43 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft as well as a 2011 second-rounder in return for Marshall. The Bears’ second-rounder this season, now owned by the Bucs, sits at No. 42. Factor in Denver’s probable preference to send Marshall over to the other conference, and it seems like the Bears could have been an enticing trade partner for Denver for the wideout’s services.

It’s all moot, though. And what could have been an historic pass-catch combo in Chicago may never be – at least not for four years, after Marshall was made the highest paid wide receiver in NFL history with a new four-year extension.