Report: Bears trade Brandon Marshall to the Jets

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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bears have agreed to trade wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the New York Jets, pending a physical.

Marshall was acquired by the Bears from the Miami Dolphins for two third-round draft picks on the first day of the 2012 free agency period. He gave the Bears their long-awaited “No. 1” wide receiver option, and paired him up with quarterback Jay Cutler, reuniting the two who were dynamic as teammates in Denver.

After two successful seasons in 2012 and 2013, Marshall suffered an ankle injury last year and regressed in parallel with the offense. This led to locker room confrontations with teammates and a growing rift within the organization.

After former general manager Phil Emery — who gave Marshall a contract extension last year — was fired, new GM Ryan Pace said he was looking for high character guys who placed football first — clearly a shot at Marshall who spent last season traveling to New York to do a television show.

Now that Marshall is presumably headed for New York, he won’t have far to travel if he does the show again.

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