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Burress or Marshall? Not Worth the Distractions for the Bears

Most analysts would agree the Bears could use help at wide receiver. With the addition of quarterback Jay Cutler, the team will likely air the ball out more this fall, though who exactly will be making the catches remains to be seen. Two big name receivers appear to be available at this juncture, Brandon Marshall and Plaxico Burress and some believe that the addition of one of these players would be a good move for the Bears.

However in both cases there are too many questions marks and potential problems for the Bears to make a move. Marshall, whom likes Cutler a few months ago, has apparently irreconcilable differences with the Broncos and is demanding a trade. Many feel it would be a great move to bring in Cutler’s former all-pro target to Soldier Field, but before one gets to excited what do the Bears even have to give up. The Broncos already have Chicago’s first round pick next spring and to get a player of Marshall’s caliber will probably cost the Bears more than they can afford. And that’s not to mention the past off the field troubles and current contract dispute the disgruntled wide-out would bring to the table.

Speaking of off the field problems, Plaxico Burress is only available due to the fact his future is uncertain because of a bone-headed incident last fall which could potentially land him in jail. Pursuing Burress is contingent on whether or not Commissioner Goodell even allows him to play this season as his lawyers do all they can to delay a trial and sentencing. The talent is great (Burress as you probably remember is only a season removed form being Super Bowl MVP) but the circus surrounding it would be at best a distraction and in my opinion not at all worth it.

The Chicago Sun-Times quoted Jay Cutler as saying that he is “100 percent confident in and comfortable with” the receiving core the Bears currently have. While that may just be Cutler being politically correct, it is important to realize that though the Bears could use another receiver there is promising talent on the roster. Greg Olsen at tight end is a solid target, and it should be interesting to see how Cutler interacts with his former Vanderbilt teammate and favorite target Earl Bennett. And while Devin Hester may not yet be an impressive option as the number one receiver, it isn’t worth bringing in a possible distraction to a team that right now appears to have no issues in terms of chemistry.

Before you get to excited about Burress or Marshall, remember Tank Johnson and Cedric Benson. Though the receivers have more talent then the two former busts, they bring along the same problems that made those two a waste of money for the franchise. The issue at wideout needs to be addressed but bringing in a distracting player is not worth it for the Bears right now.


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