Bears WR Marshall blasts Packers


Bears WR Marshall blasts Packers

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall lashed out at Green Bay on Wednesday, saying he's never disliked a team as much as the Packers.

``I don't like the Green Bay Packers,'' he said during his weekly session with reporters. ``I'm not going to use the word hate, but I really dislike the Green Bay Packers and their players. But the talk, you have to back it up. We'll go out there and we'll do everything we need to do to get a win.''

The Bears (8-5) clearly need one after dropping four of five heading into Sunday's home game against Green Bay. The Packers (9-4) clinch the NFC North if they beat Chicago, so the stakes already were high.

Marshall simply added some more fuel during a lively news conference.

``This is personal,'' he said.

He strode to the podium with a small, almost bare Christmas tree with a red ornament dangling from it, as the Peanuts theme played.

It was a symbolic statement, that even though things are looking about as ugly as Charlie Brown's Christmas tree at the moment, the Bears still have time.

There was nothing symbolic when it came to his comments about the Packers.

``I've never felt this strong in sports - versus any team or any players,'' Marshall said. ``I'm going to play like it's my last game.''

His dislike for them seems to stem from a 23-10 loss at Green Bay in Week 2 in which he caught just two passes for 24 yards.

Marshall called defensive coordinator Dom Capers the MVP for the Packers and took issue with comments he said several of their players made. He also said he hopes to see one-on-one coverage.

``For their players to be over there talking about how awesome of a job they (do) shutting down certain players, I don't respect that, when it's two and three guys on you or other guys,'' Marshall said. ``Coach Capers did an amazing job of game-planning us and game-planning me. I didn't beat double or triple coverage or whatever they were throwing at us. I take it as a slap in my face when guys talk about my lack of ability to do something against them when they have help all over the place. I'm looking forward to one-on-one coverage. Hopefully, those guys in games like this may go to their coach and say, `Let me have him. I want Brandon Marshall. I want to stop Brandon Marshall. Let me have him one-on-one, press coverage.' And we'll see what happens.''

Marshall said cornerbacks Tramon Williams and Charles Woodson said some things that bothered him.

The most pointed comments from the Packers that night were directed toward Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, with Woodson saying they knew he would throw it to them.

Considering they picked him off four times, it was hard to argue. And they did that after Cutler wished the Packers ``good luck'' trying to match up physically with the Bears' receivers.

Woodson did tell in an article that appeared last month that Marshall ``likes to bend and break the rules.''

``He's one of those guys where he wants you to put your hands on him so he's going to grab you and throw you. I'm like, `Mr. Ref, he's not fast enough to get on top of me. How do you think he got on top?''' Woodson told the website.

Marshall, meanwhile, was asked about the physicality of Green Bay's secondary on Wednesday.

``Non-existent,'' he responded.

Marshall added: ``Leading up to the game, they were complaining about how big I was and I was a cheater because I grabbed and pushed at the line of scrimmage. I thought that what's bump coverage was about. So they put them off and throw them inside and safety over the top and a linebacker running out to me. They did a bunch of things and it was good. But we won't make that mistake again. We won't force the ball to me.''

Marshall called this the biggest game of his career and said he was looking forward to facing Woodson. But that won't happen.

Shortly after Marshall spoke, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said doctors decided Woodson isn't quite ready to return from a broken collarbone, so he's been ruled out for this week.

Marshall, meanwhile, said he respects the Packers' accomplishments. He just won't be shaking their hands on Sunday.

``It's not going to happen,'' he said.

Notes: Bears coach Lovie Smith took offense to a question about his contract status. Smith is signed through 2013, but there has been some speculation about his future with the Bears in a free fall for the second straight year. ``Stop you right there,'' he said. ``Why in the world would we be talking about a contract with Green Bay week here? What I can talk about is, I'm excited about playing the Packers again.'' Smith also said he has no plans to make any coaching changes at the moment. ... Cutler again said he expects to be ready Sunday after leaving last week's game at Minnesota with a sore neck. ... The Bears had a walkthrough instead of a full practice on Wednesday because they're banged up at the moment. ... The Bears signed DT Amobi Okoye to a one-year contract on Wednesday, after waiving him late last month.


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Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract

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Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract

When the Redskins traded for Alex Smith on January 30, news also broke that he had agreed to a four-year extension with Washington in addition to the one year left on his contract with the Chiefs. While we got some top-line numbers on the deal, we have gone since then without any details.

Until now.

The details show a deal that has a slightly higher cap hit in 2018 than was on his original Chiefs contract and the numbers rise gradually over the life of the deal, which runs through 2022.


Smith got a $27 million signing bonus and his salaries for 2018 ($13 million) and 2019 ($15 million) also are fully guaranteed at signing making the total $55 million (information via Over the Cap, which got data from a report by Albert Breer).

But there is another $16 million that is guaranteed for all practical purposes. On the fifth day of the 2019 league year, his 2020 salary of $16 million becomes fully guaranteed. He almost assuredly will get to the point where that money will become guaranteed since the Redskins are not going to cut him after one year having invested $55 million in him. So the total guarantees come to $71 million.

His 2021 salary is $19 million and it goes up to $21 million in 2022. There have been reports of some incentives available to Smith, but since we have no details, we’ll set those aside for now.

The cap hits on the contract are as follows:

2018: $18.4 million
2019: $20.0 million
2020: $21.4 million
2021: $24.4 million
2022: $26.4 million

The Redskins can realistically move on from Smith after 2020. There would be net cap savings of $13 million in 2021 and $21 million in 2022.

The first impression of the deal is that the Redskins did not move on from Kirk Cousins because they didn’t want to guarantee a lot of money to a quarterback. The total practical guarantee of $71 million is second only to Cousins’ $82.5 million. It should be noted that Cousins’ deal runs for three years and Smith’s contract is for five.


Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


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Justin Timberlake shows he has game at Wizards practice court

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Justin Timberlake shows he has game at Wizards practice court

Apparently Justin Timberlake is also good at sports. The pop star showed he has a pretty decent jumpshot while playing on the Wizards' practice court on Sunday ahead of his concert at Capital One Arena.


Timberlake knocked down a halfcourt shot and then two three-pointers in a row. It was all shared on video through his Instagram account and then tweeted by the Wizards.


Wizards owner Ted Leonsis was among the many to attend Timberlake's concert and he put out a series of pictures and videos on social media:


Timberlake is also, of course, an NBA owner himself. He holds a minority stake in the Memphis Grizzlies. No wonder he's good at basketball. He can use their practice court any time he wants.

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