"What I meant by that was when you look at the career side, it's like to be honest, I think I played with five or six different quarterbacks," Marshall said. "You see how my production dropped and people were looking at me like, 'He used to be a top-five receiver. It's him. He's dropping all these balls. He's the issue. He's the problem.' Those people in Miami, they wanted my head for a year or two. But then I come to Chicago and you see me continue to produce at a high level. I had Jay Cutler. I was in a system I was familiar with. So it was career saving."
Marshall also said he has grown up and changed based on his previous off-field woes.
"I found that interesting that there is a thought about me reverting back," Marshall said. "But I always tell people that’s just part of the journey, especially for a young man given so much freedom, so much fame, so much fortune. That’s part of the journey, to make mistakes. But the problem is you make your mistakes in the public's eye. People look at me like, 'Is this an act?' ... But I’m actually growing, every single day. This is the new me. This is who I am. So there isn't any reverting back. But I do make mistakes. I'm pretty much still in the same exact situation. I just look at life differently and my approach is different. There's some things out there I still need to work on."
Marshall is signed through 2017. In his two years with the Bears, Marshall is second in the NFL in receptions (218), fourth in receiving yards (2,803) and fifth in touchdown catches (23).
Of the group, Ihenacho contributed the most in 2013, starting 14 games and totaling 72 tackles, most of any Broncos defensive back.
Last year, Marshall dealt with minor hip surgery in the offseason, but he said thus far he's in great shape and ready to go.
"The offseason is amazing," Marshall said in an interview with CBSSports.com. "It seems like every other year I get a healthy one. Last year I had surgery and really couldn't train. This one, it's a successful one so far because I'm healthy. Next year should be a big year for me. I'm looking forward to it being my best year ever."
Marshall, 30, is coming off a solid year in his first campain for new coach Marc Trestman. He had 100 catches for 1,295 yards and a career-high 12 touchdowns.
This is a contract year for Marshall, who is scheduled to make $9.1 million in 2014. He told a Chicago radio station in March he's going to force the Bears "to sign me after next year," and he's not worried about getting paid.
"Everybody wants to get a new check," Marshall said. "That will happen when it happens. ... If you go out and play then everything else is slotted. You have to perform. You have to keep the product on the field good."
"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 said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000, per 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."
Marshall, 30, will make $9.1 million this year. He says he's not looking for Calvin Johnson-type of money.
"I'm not going anywhere, man," Marshall said. "The guys that are out there now like Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald, they're making $16 million, $15 million a year, and I'm not looking for anything like that. A lot of that money goes to the quarterback position and rightfully so.
"For me, we do want to sign guys like Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston and we got Martellus [Bennett] last year and have Matt Forte. 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. 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."
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