Will Ravens, Bears Be in Marshall Mix?
People within the league are speculating privately that the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears could be among the possible landing spots for wide receiver Brandon Marshall if the Denver Broncos indeed opt to trade him.
"Those two make some sense," a front office staffer with one NFL team said. "Those are the two that you hear people talking about."
Both clubs have needs at wideout.
The Bears already obtained quarterback Jay Cutler from the Broncos in a trade earlier this offseason. Getting Marshall as well would give Cutler a reliable target with whom he already is familiar. However, the Bears gave up quite a bit to get Cutler, and might be wary of surrendering more to the Broncos in another high-profile trade.
The Baltimore Sun reported that the Ravens haven't contacted the Broncos about Marshall but the team is studying the possibility.
Marshall reportedly has requested a trade because of unhappiness about his contract, and the wide receiver's agent told a Denver television station that Broncos owner Pat Bowlen indicated to Marshall that the club would try to accommodate the request.
But another factor, people around the league seem to believe, is that the Broncos would be unlikely to get what they'd be seeking for Marshall. Executives on other teams point to Marshall's off-field issues and the fact that the Arizona Cardinals were unable to trade wide receiver Anquan Boldin earlier this offseason after announcing that he was available. Presumably, no team was willing to meet the Cardinals' asking price for Boldin.
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