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."
“I’m going to have my best year ever next year,” Marshall told the paper. “I’m going to be healthy; I have a healthy offseason, I don’t have to get any surgeries. I didn’t even have a chance to prepare last year; I hit my stride Week 9, Week 10 in the season. Now I get a whole offseason. I really believe it’s going to be my best year ever.”
Marshall also is excited about the return of quarterback Jay Cutler, who signed a seven-year deal last week. Marshall had 100 receptions for 1,295 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2013 catching passes from Cutler and Josh McCown. But he led the league with 15 drops.
Pro Football Focus reports Marshall dropped a league-high 15 passes. Cleveland's Davone Bess dropped 14, New England's Julian Edelman dropped 13, and Tampa Bay's Vincent Jackson dropped 12. Four players tied for fifth with 11 drops.
Marshall came down with a twisting 5-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter to extend the lead for Chicago. He caught six of 10 passes thrown his way for 74 yards and a touchdown in a 33-28 defeat, ending Chicago's season.
Marshall notched his fifth 100-catch season and his second in a row. He finished the season with 100 receptions for 1,295 yards and a career-high 12 touchdowns.
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