Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall is making more waves this offseason than he did during the whole of the 2014 NFL season.
Marshall endured a difficult campaign after an array of injuries while the Bears also suffered an ultimately disappointing 6-10 season. But Marshall is not about to let the 2014 NFL season affect him too much and is out and about enjoying himself during the first week of the NFL's offseason.
But some may argue that he went too far with his recent comments in a conversation with Ravens head coach John Harbaugh on Inside the NFL, with Marshall joking about joining Baltimore.
"(During Super Bowl Week) I actually interviewed him," Marshall said on Inside The NFL, via the Ravens' official website. "I said, 'If I played for you, would you let me do Inside the NFL?'
"He said, 'Oh, absolutely.' He knew I was taking a lot of heat for doing the show. But, when you are the first in the space to do something like this, you are going to get a lot of push-back and we (the Bears) had the worst year possible."
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There has been plenty of talk about Marshall's future as a result of his issues last season, but as it remains there are still three years left on his contract with the Bears.
While his comments this week are harmless for now, they could still yet spark an array of rumors that link him with trades to other NFL teams. The Bears don't like him making these types of media appearances and Marshall clearly made a huge mistake by even joking about leaving the team.
"Of course, this might only be a pipe dream. Marshall was clearly joking when he interviewed Harbaugh and he was using the platform to take a shot at his critics, many of whom were inside the Bears' facility and disapproved of Marshall spending his off days filming a television program," Conor Orr of NFL.com reported.
"For those wondering, a league spokesman said that this exchange between Harbaugh and Marshall would not fall under the league's rules regarding tampering."
Can Marshall recover?
Marshall had made the previous three Pro Bowls going into the 2014 season but a disastrous campaign in which he totalled 721 recovering yards has damaged his reputation somewhat.
The Bears star wideout managed to start 13 games and struggled through those with a number of niggling injuries, before a collision with the Cowboys' Barry Church in early December left him with two broken ribs, a collapsed lung and out for the season.
It remains to be seen whether or not the 30-year-old can ever get back to his best.
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