Rookie minicamps occurred this week with teams getting their first looks at the players they recently drafted. With tryouts going along with these minicamps, there were plenty of transactions this week. One move is discussed in depth below and, as always, the rest of the moves are down below with some of the more significant ones highlighted in red.
While the focus was on rookies this week, the Bears signed their number one receiver to a three-year contract extension.
Entering his contract year, the 30-year old Marshall signed a three-year extension worth $30 million. The one year that is left on his previous contract is worth $9.1 million. So, he is under contract for the next four seasons in Chicago and will be making $39.1 million. Of the $30 million that is new money, $23 million is guaranteed.
He appeared on ABC’s “The View” to sign his contract on Monday. Later on he tweeted that he will be donating $1 million of this new money to benefit mental health care. In 2011, he announced that he had been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Previously, he has worn green cleats in game––which led to a fine––in honor of Mental Health Awareness week.
Last year he caught 100 passes for 1,295 yards and 12 touchdowns. Pro Football Focus graded him as the best wide receiver in the league––though his grade his helped out by being the best run-blocking receiver in the league by a substantial margin.
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In 2012, he recorded career-highes in catches (118) and yards (1,508) with the Bears. He also had 11 touchdowns which was a career-high, but he bested that this past season with 12.
Chicago is his third team in eight seasons. The Denver Broncos drafted him in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. After four seasons––three as a starter and all three of these over 1,000 receiving yards––they became fed up due to off-the-field issues and traded him to Miami for two second round draft picks.
Miami signed him to a four-year contract worth $47.5 million, but he only lasted two season with the Dolphins––both with over 80 catches and 1,000 yards. Like Denver, Miami became frustrated with him and traded him. This time to Chicago for two third round draft picks. This trade to Chicago reunited him with his quarterback from Denver, Jay Cutler. Cutler had played with Marshall from 2006-2008 and was traded to Chicago before the 2009 season.
Adding Marshall to the Bears offense gave them a spark that they never had before and led to great years from both Cutler and Marshall as they two picked up where they left off in Denver.
Marshall’s two best seasons as a pro have come in Chicago the last two years and he seems to have turned his life around as there has been little talk of off-the-field incidents.
Locking him up for another three years allows Chicago to keep one of the better receivers in the league right now. Combined with third-year pro Alshon Jeffery, the Bears have one of the best starting receiving corps in the league.
The money is in the right range for a receiver of Marshall’s caliber. The only real question is how he will be performing at the end of the contract when he is older. Considering he just had his two best years, this may not be an issue though.
*Note: not listed here are the numerous undrafted free agent signings that occurred after tryouts this week.
The Arizona Cardinals claim DT Christian Tupou off waivers.
The Baltimore Ravens sign FB Shaun Chapas.
The Baltimore Ravens sign TE Phillip Supernaw.
The Baltimore Ravens sign G Will Rackley.
The Baltimore Ravens cut TE Matt Furstenburg.
The Baltimore Ravens cut G Cody Larsen.
The Baltimore Ravens cut LB D.J. Bryant.
The Buffalo Bills cut WR Brandon Kaufman.
The Carolina Panthers cut G Travis Bond.
The Carolina Panthers cut G Michael Jasper.
The Carolina Panthers cut G Phillipkeith Manley.
The Carolina Panthers sign P Jordan Gay.
The Chicago Bears release P Drew Butler.
The Chicago Bears cut FB Willie Carter.
The Cincinnati Bengals claim QB Matt Scott off waivers.
The Cleveland Browns release WR Greg Little.
The Cleveland Browns sign WR Anthony Armstrong.
The Cleveland Browns cut RB Jamaine Cook.
The Cleveland Browns cut WR Josh Cooper.
The Cleveland Browns cut OT Anthony Dima.
The Cleveland Browns cut WR Tori Gurley.
The Cleveland Browns cut DL Elhadji Ndiaye.
The Cleveland Browns cut G Michael Philipp.
The Cleveland Browns cut FB Chris Pressley.
The Cleveland Browns cut TE Andre Smith.
The Cleveland Browns sign LB Larry Grant.
The Dallas Cowboys sign DT Amobi Okoye.
The Dallas Cowboys sign RB Ryan Williams.
The Dallas Cowboys cut RB Glasco Martin.
The Dallas Cowboys waive-injured S Marvin Robinson.
The Denver Broncos waive-injured DE John Youboty.
The Denver Broncos waive Mister Cobble.
The Denver Broncos waive P Steven Clark.
The Detroit Lions release DT Corvey Irvin.
The Houston Texans waive-injured OL Chris Martin.
The Houston Texans cut WR Nathan Slaughter.
The Houston Texans cut DT Tyrone Ezell.
The Houston Texans cut WR Andy Cruse.
The Houston Texans claim G Conor Boffeli off waivers.
The Houston Texans claim OT Anthony Dima off waivers.
The Indianapolis Colts cut WR Greg Moore.
The Jacksonville Jaguars waive P Chad Zinchini.
The Jacksonville Jaguars waive K Jeff Budzien.
The Kansas City Chiefs sign OT J’Marcus Webb.
The Kansas City Chiefs sign DT Kyle Love.
The Kansas City Chiefs sign DT Jermelle Cudjo.
The Kansas City Chiefs cut DT Cory Grissom.
The Kansas City Chiefs cut LB Ridge Wilson.
The Kansas City Chiefs cut OT R.J Dill.
The Miami Dolphins cut DE Gannon Conway.
The Minnesota Vikings cut G Conor Boffeil.
The Minnesota Vikings cut QB Travis Partridge.
The Minnesota Vikings sign LB Dom DeCicco.
The Minnesota Vikings sign LB Mike Zimmer.
The New England Patriots cut LB James Morris.
The New England Patriots sign DB Daxton Swanson.
The New England Patriots cut Jeremy Deering.
The New England Patriots cut WR Greg Orton.
The New Orleans Saints sign DE Cheta Ozougwu.
The New Orleans Saints waive DE Brandon McCray.
The New Orleans Saints waive OL Micajah Reynolds.
The New York Jets cut OT Tevon Conrad.
The New York Jets claim RB Daryl Richardson off waivers.
The New York Jets waive RB Alex Green.
The New York Jets release WR Dwight Jones.
The New York Jets cut OT Jacolby Ashworth.
The New York Jets sign LB A.J. Edds.
The New York Jets sign OT Markus Zusevics.
The Oakland Raiders claim WR Greg Little off waivers.
The Oakland Raiders cut LB Frank Beltre.
The Oakland Raiders cut WR D.J. Coles.
The Oakland Raiders cut CB Johnny Adams.
The Oakland Raiders cut DE David Carter.
The Philadelphia Eagles release WR Arrelious Benn.
The Philadelphia Eagles re-sign WR Arrelious Benn.
The St. Louis Rams claim G Travis Bond off waivers.
The San Diego Chargers waive-injured WR Tobais Palmer.
The San Diego Chargers cut OT Ian White.
The Seattle Seahawks cut TE Travis Beckum.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers release TE Tom Crabtree.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign QB Alex Tanney.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waive QB Brett Smith.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waive P Jacob Schum.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waive DT David Hunter.
The Tennessee Titans cut FB Quinn Johnson.
The Tennessee Titans cut CB George Baker.
The Tennessee Titans cut LB Jamal Merrell.
The Tennessee Titans waive-injured WR Eric Ward.
The Washington Redskins cut DT Chris Davenport.
The Washington Redskins cut S Jose Gumbs.
The Washington Redskins cut TE Kevin Perry.
The Washington Redskins cut QB Tommy Rees.