The Chicago Bears and New York Jets look set to be involved in the second huge trade of the NFL offseason with news today that wide receiver Brandon Marshall is set to end up at MetLife Stadium.
NFL guru Adam Schefter broke the news on Friday morning, revealing that a trade for the perennial Pro Bowler has been agreed per the player passing a physical.
There had been speculation in recent days that the new Bears staff were prepared to move on without the veteran WR, but the news that a deal has been done is sure to send shockwaves through the NFL.
Further reports, from Bear Report's Aaron Leming, suggest that the Jets will be giving up a "late round" draft pick. That seems a fairly cheap price for a man who had recored seven straight 1,000 yards seasons before injury hampered his 2014 campaign.
Marshall did though show signs of being on the slide last year however although his efficiency, or lack of, can be put down in part to the lacklustre displays of quarterback Jay Cutler. The Bears meanwhile are set to save $3.95 million on their 2015 salary cap by moving on the 30-year-old.
In grabbing Brandon Marshall the Jets have immediately upgraded their offensive talent. Over the past two seasons the Jets ranked 31st in receptions and 30th in receiving yards over the past five seasons. Something had to be done by new head coach Todd Bowles.
Bowles and Marshall have already worked together down with the Miami Dolphins.
Jets fans will be delighted with the addition, but one player currently on the New York franchise's roster may not feel the same way. Bringing in Marshall effectively confirms the departure of Percy Harvin - a man who has only been on the Jets roster since halfway through the 2014 season.
As for the Chicago Bears, this shock trade places them firmly in the position of a team transitioning on offense.
The team are already activiely shopping quarterback Jay Cutler per numerous reports, and now, without their leading wide receiver option, the Bears have ensured themselves a busy offseason trying to fill spots.
What do you think NFL fans? Did anyone see this coming, and Jets fans - how much of a boost can this be for whoever is playing quarterback next season? Let us know in the comments section below...
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