The Chicago Bears were predicted to be among one of the front-runners in the bidding for Unrestricted Free Agent Vincent Jackson, instead they surprised everyone by making a trade with the Miami Dolphins in exchange for Brandon Marshall. Jay Glazer, from Fox Sports is reporting that the Miami Dolphins received multiple third round picks from the Chicago Bears in exchange for the All-Pro receiver.
Acquiring Brandon Marshall gives the Chicago Bears a much more dangerous receiving weapon than they would have got if they signed Vincent Jackson. Jackson is being advertised as one of the elite receivers in this years Free Agency class, but in his seven season as an NFL player, his highest reception total in a single year was 68, which occurred in the 2009 season. On the other hand, Brandon Marshall hasn’t caught less than 81 receptions in any of his past five seasons, and had over 100 receptions in three of those five seasons. In addition to that, the younger (by two years) Brandon Marshall has more career receptions and yards, and only three fewer touchdowns. But the Chicago Bears scored a touchdown with this acquisition.