The Chicago Bears have announced that they're looking to trade star wide receiver Brandon Marshall, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Bears have been unwilling to commit to Marshall, and are hoping to move him before March 12 when his $7.5 million base salary would be fully guaranteed. Here are the three most likely destinations for Marshall:
Baltimore saw a lot of success after bringing in Steve Smith last season, and with Torrey Smith entering free agency, the Ravens will look elsewhere to fill their desperate need of a No. 1 receiver. They ranked second in the league in drops last season, and the other receivers on the roster (Marlon Brown, Michael Campanaro, Kamar Aiken, and Jeremy Butler) aren't starting caliber guys. Quarterback Joe Flacco's arm strength would utilize Marshall's skills as an elite deep threat and be an upgrade over Jay Cutler for the 6'4" wideout.
The Ravens would gladly give up one of their lesser receivers and a mid-round draft pick for Marshall.
The Raiders' top receiver last season was James Jones, who is a good receiver, but proved he isn't a No. 1 guy. Quarterback Derek Carr really needs a top target he can rely on to help with his progression, and Marshall is that guy. Oakland has a ton of cap space, and they won't mind giving up several draft picks to land one of the best receivers in the league.
As good as Seattle has been, they've done it all without a true go-to receiver. The Seahawks seem to be transitioning from a run-first team to a pass-first team that relies more on quarterback Russell Wilson, and they'll need to give him a top target to make that transition as successful as possible. Marshall would immediately fill that void and take Seattle's offense to another level.
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