It doesn't sound like Brandon Marshall plans on leaving Chicago anytime soon. The Bears wide receiver, who's heading into the final season of his contract, said this week that he's not worried about the fact that he doesn't have an extension.
Marshall made it clear he wants to stay in Chicago, saying that he would 'force' the Bears to sign him if that's what it came down to.
"I have another year left on my contract. If it happens, it happens; if it doesn't, I'm glad to be a Bear for another year and I'm going to force them to sign me after next year," Marshall told WMVP-AM in Chicago, via ESPN.com. "One way or another, they're going to get the deal done. But if it comes down to next year, I'll be picketing outside of Halas Hall for a new deal, a new contract, because I'm not going anyplace."
Money might be an issue in negotiations -- because money's always an issue -- but it shouldn't be a huge issue in the Marshall negotiations. The 30-year-old receiver said that he's not looking for top dollar at his position.
Marshall probably could look for that, especially if you look at his numbers since being traded to the Bears in 2012. Marshall has more total receptions over the past two seasons (218) than both Megatron (206) and Fitzgerald (153). Marshall also has more touchdown catches (23) than both Johnson (17) and Fitzgerald (14).
Why not ask for big money? Because the money needs to go somewhere else. "A lot of that money goes to the quarterback position, and rightfully so," Marshall said.
The Bears are probably happy to hear Marshall thinking that way because they just invested a lot of money in the quarterback position. Jay Cutler signed a seven-year, $126 million extension in January that includes $50 in guaranteed money.
"I do want to be in a good position, but at the same time I definitely am not trying to be in the $15 million range. I get a year to deal with that, and right now I'm focusing on how to be a better teammate," Marshall said. "How can I grow as a receiver, as a man, as a leader on this team and also in the community? How can our foundation do bigger things? That stuff is going to take care of itself. We have all year to figure that out, and I believe we'll get it done before the end of the season and I'm going to be happy when we do."