Marshall pledges to donate $1m to benefit mental health care…
Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall has signed a three-year contract extension worth $30m with the team, and did so on national television.
Marshall signed the contract on ABC’s “The View” on Monday and tweeted confirmation that he would be donating $1m to benefit mental health care.
The Bears receiver had one year remaining on his current contract for $10m, but he will now get $23m guaranteed with his new deal as reported by an ESPN source.
General manager Phil Emery made no indication that an extension was set to be announced in an earlier interview, but he later revealed he was delighted to have signed Marshall to a long-term deal.
The 30-year-old was acquired by the Bears back in 2012 in a trade deal with the Miami Dolphins, and he has since gone on to make the Pro Bowl in both of his seasons with the Bears.
He had 118 receptions in 2012 and 100 in 2013, and those totals are the top two receiving seasons in Bears history, while he is also the only player in franchise history to register back-to-back 100-catch seasons.
In addition, he is also the first player to have consecutive seasons of double-digit touchdown receptions, as he had 12 in 2013 and 11 in 2012.
Marshall continues to be a fundamental part of the Bears offensive unit, but with the disappointment of failing to make the playoffs last season, he will hope to help the franchise make the post-season in the upcoming campaign after several changes to the roster.