On the Brandon Marshall Situation and Free Agency Day 2

| March 14th, 2012

So the other night Brandon Marshall and his wife and some entourage-type friends in were in a Manhattan nightclub. They drank, they danced, they did the things folks do. Like tends to be the case in Chelsea, Marshall’s wife ended up with her face being smashed by a bottle. Now a New York Post report states a woman in the bar claims Brandon Marshall slugged her in the eye. Marshall denies the claims. The NYPD and NFL will now investigate.

Brandon Marshall is the same guy post-this report he was before the report surfaced. He is a brilliant on-field talent and a questionable off-field man. That’s why a player with his numbers is attainable for a pair of third rounders spread over two years. (Even he faces a four-game suspension this season it is still a steal.) It is now on head coach Lovie Smith and quarterback Jay Cutler to make sure Marshall keeps his nose clean and provides the Bears their best wide receiver since Willie Gault.

Other thoughts:

  • Bears fans will like Jason Campbell quite a bit. He’s a solid man and a wonderful leader. (I have a soft spot for all the players on the undefeated Tommy Tuberville Auburn team that was denied a chance to play for a national title.) Campbell signing for one-year means the Bears have gone from the worst backup quarterback in the NFL to quite possibly the best.
  • Bears have also strengthened their special teams quickly. Blake Costanzo (49ers) and Eric Weems (Falcons) will provide Dave Toub the types of toys that tend to lead the Bears to the top of the special teams rankings.
  • Bears also re-signed Tim Jennings yesterday. The combination of these three signings (and reports from Brad Biggs) means Corey Graham is not going to return to Chicago this year. A good player and a solid tenure.
  • Reports this morning state CB Kelvin Hayden and G Anthony Herrera are due to visit Halas Hall in coming day or so. Hayden is a no-brainer but Herrera is interesting. Mike Tice coached him as an undrafted player in Minnesota and he would not be bringing him in to ride the pine, would he?

On to day two…