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Are Cutler, Marshall open to reuniting?

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Are Cutler, Marshall open to reuniting?

Are Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall trying to get the band back together?

The two had a dynamic connection in Denver, as Marshall put up three straight seasons of 100-plus receptions and at least 1,100 yards and six TDs.

Marshall has since played the last two seasons in Miami while Cutler has become the Bears' franchise quarterback.

Saturday, the two took to Twitter in what may be an effort at reuniting.

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Jay CutlerI can get 15 out of storage! Suit you back up. RT @BMarshall19: I miss @jaycutler6 believing in me like that.
Jan 08 via UberSocial for BlackBerryFavoriteRetweetReply

Not sure what Marshall's original tweet is referencing, but he did send it out during the NFL playoff games Saturday, so it may have been in reference to that.

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Jay CutlerPlease. We can run circles around these guys. RT @BMarshall19: @JayCutler6 these young duos r the old us. Haha chemistry
Jan 08 via UberSocial for BlackBerryFavoriteRetweetReply

Given that, it could be Marshall was referencing the Lions' Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson, a dynamic duo in Detroit that put up big numbers all season, including in the team's playoff loss Saturday.

Love to see Cutler's confidence there.

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Jay CutlerLet's do it! RT @TTidd94: @JayCutler6 i think its time to get the cutlermarshall duo back together in thw windy city
Jan 08 via UberSocial for BlackBerryFavoriteRetweetReply

A fan got in on the action and it's probably safe to say a lot of people in Chicago would welcome Marshall with open arms to the Bears. Cutler definitely needs help at receiver and Marshall's Dolphins are currently in the midst of quarterback issues.

The holdup is Marshall's contract, as he is currently signed in Miami through the 2014 season. A trade would be the only way for the Pro Bowl wide receiver to land in Chicago.

Under Center Podcast: What should we make of Kevin White?

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Under Center Podcast: What should we make of Kevin White?

Kevin White had a, well, interesting media session on Wednesday, but was he wrong for how he approached it? Plus, Moon and JJ look at Mike Furrey’s approach to White and how Mitch Trubisky is quickly growing into being a leader barely over a year after being drafted. 

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Pro Football Focus: Bears could be surprise playoff team in 2018

Pro Football Focus: Bears could be surprise playoff team in 2018

There's a lot of optimism about the Chicago Bears in 2018 largely because of the incredible offseason had by GM Ryan Pace. It started in free agency with several big-name additions on offense and continued in the NFL Draft with the selection of Roquan Smith, arguably the top all-around defender in the class.

Pace now finds himself in unfamiliar territory. He's entering a season with actual expectations. While those expectations vary, one thing is consistent: Improvement is expected.

According to Pro Football Focus, Chicago should end up challenging for a playoff spot.

No less than five additions on offense this offseason could make key impacts for the Bears, including wide receiver Allen Robinson who was one of the NFL’s best in 2015 before a down year in 2016 and essentially missing all of 2017 through injury. He’s joined at the position by Taylor Gabriel, who had three touchdowns on throws 20 yards or further downfield in 2016 and rookie Anthony Miller, who was tied for fourth among wide receivers in this draft class with 19 missed tackles forced on receptions. Add in tight end Trey Burton, who had three touchdowns from just 16 targets when lined up in the slot and rookie offensive lineman James Daniels from Iowa and it’s easy to see why this offense led by Mitchell Trubisky has the potential to trend upwards big time in 2018.

The Bears were one of five teams PFF listed as a surprise Wild Card candidate. The road to the post-season will be challenging, however. Not only do all of the new pieces have to gel, but they have to do it while playing in one of the toughest divisions in football.

The NFC North could have three teams -- not including the Bears --  playing in January. The Vikings may be the most talented club in the NFC and the Packers will always be a contender with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. The Lions have some vulnerability, but they've had more success than Chicago in recent seasons.

Still, Pace deserves credit for winning the offseason.