Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall has today admitted that he understands the uncertainty concerning his future at Soldier Field after recent changes at the franchise.
Marshall endured a down year in 2014 - failing to reach 1,000 receiving yards for the first time since his rookie season. And with new head coach and GM partnership John Fox and Ryan Pace recently failing to guarantee his future with the team moving forward there is debate as to whether Marshall could find himself traded away this offseason.
Speaking to The Chicago Tribune on Wednesday, the player was in contemplative mode - insisting he understands the nature of the NFL and how quickly a player can find himself shipped out.
"I don't think anybody would (be comfortable) sitting in the gray, but this is the National Football League," the 30-year old explained.
"this is our business. It's not a unique situation. It happens every single year.
"Like I said in the middle of the season, some players think that when you lose, oh, the coach is going to be gone. No, they move players, too. I get that and understand that."
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Money could be key
Marshall, who has been with the Bears since 2012, is hopeful that the new Chicago regime keep him in their plans for the 2015 campaign but is clearly under no illusion that his position is anything but certain.
The Chicago Bears are set to pay Brandon Marshall $7.5 million next season if they keep him around and this big sum, coupled with the veteran's depleted numbers, could see them seek offers in the coming weeks before the March 12 deadline that would see that sum become guaranteed.
"The Bears would save $7.7 million in cash and $3.95 million in 2015 salary cap space if they released him before March 12."
Reasons to stick around
Marshall may be philosophical when it comes to his future in Chicago but he sees positives around the corner for the franchise in 2015.
“For me, I want to win. The organization wants to win. (Owner) Mrs. McCaskey wants to win, so, definitely aligned there. But there’s a business side on both ends, and I get that.”
Marshall also spoke positively about the chance to work again with Adam Gase. The two were together at the Denver Broncos and with Gase having arrived at Chicago to fill the Offensive Coordinator vacancy there is potential for good things to come in that department.
The Brandon Marshall question looks set to rumble on regardless, but his lacklustre production last season can in part be put down to issues under center.
As such, perhaps more pressing for the new Chicago Bears hierarchy is what to do at the quarterback position.
With Jay Cutler having endured a torrid 2014 campaign there is a decision to be made as to who will be throwing to the Bears receivers (Marshall or no Marshall) when Week One comes around next September.
What do you think Bears fans? Should Brandon Marshall be kept on board, or is it time to look elsewhere and overhaul the offense? Let us know in the comments section below...