Earlier this week Brandon Marshall confirmed news Bears fans everywhere had been waiting to hear, extending his contract through 2018. At three years, $30 million, the price is more than fair for one of the most dominant players at his position during his time in Chicago. Here’s a look at the value of the 6-foot-4, nine-year veteran in comparison to the top-paid receivers in the league.
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By NFL standards, Marshall’s new contract puts him in the bottom tier of the best paid wideouts, a very reasonable price for a player who’s production since joining Chicago speaks for itself.
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The time will come when the young star WRs of the NFL will want to get paid (Thomas, Bryant, Green, Julio Jones, to name a few), further appreciating the value of Marshall’s deal. Though he is 30, I think with the raise of the NFL salary cap and soon to be raise in the WR cap figure, Marshall easily could’ve gotten more money for his talents. Especially if he had waited until he hit the open market. Vincent Jackson, 31- years old, signed his deal in 2012 and has been much less productive a player. The price for an elite wide receiver will certainly go up before it goes down, thankfully that is not the case for Brandon Marshall.
It seems the bottom line is that Brandon wanted to stay a Bear, which after Jay Cutler’s contract must be reassuring news for the team from a financial standpoint. Brandon Marshall’s modest contract extension leaves one less star the Bears need worry about. Next up, Alshon Jeffrey.