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Bears replace Brandon Marshall with his 'baby bro' Kevin White

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Bears replace Brandon Marshall with his 'baby bro' Kevin White

How do you replace one of the top wide receivers in franchise history?

By drafting his baby brother. Figuratively.

The Bears selected West Virginia wideout Kevin White with the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday evening at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, and coincidentally White shares a bond with the receiver Bears GM Ryan Pace exiled out of Chicago earlier this offseason. 

Marshall reached out to White's former Mountaineer teammate, Ivan McCartney, who is the cousin of ex-NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson to get White's number. 

[MORE BEARS: Kevin White speed fits Bears GM Ryan Pace WR mold]

"Brandon got a hold of me," White revealed on Thursday. "He texted me out of the blue and said 'it's B-Marsh lil bro.' And I was like what? I was like this isn't Brandon Marshall. It was him and he wanted to congratulate me on how good of a season I was having. And to maybe to go train with him for the Combine. He told me how much he loved my game. It was an honor getting a text for him."

Immediately following the Bears' selection of White, Marshall took to Instagram to wish his "baby brother" luck in Chicago.

White, who Pace called a "special athlete" on Thursday, comes to Chicago with high expectations. He is the first receiver the Bears have drafted in the first round since selecting David Terrell No. 8 overall in the 2001 NFL Draft.

But proving himself to the doubters isn't anything new in White's journey to the NFL.

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After receiving only a handful offers coming out of high school, White choose to attend Lackawanna junior college in Pennsylvania. He spent two years there before recruiting for himself by emailing over 250 schools. West Virginia gave White the opportunity and the rest is history. 

And now White intends to prove himself to Bears fans, but he made one thing clear: he's no Marshall replacement.

"I've been watching him since I was younger," White said. "I'm a big fan of Brandon Marshall. I'm not going to look at it like I'm going to replace Brandon Marshall. I'm going to be myself, play my game and hopefully give the fans what they want to see and help the team win some games."

Report: Bears have ‘been in touch’ with Bengals about Andy Dalton trade

Report: Bears have ‘been in touch’ with Bengals about Andy Dalton trade

As the Bears look to acquire a veteran quarterback to push Mitch Trubisky, one name that’s been thrown around is Andy Dalton.

According to The Athletic’s Paul Dehner Jr., the Bears have “been in touch” with the Bengals regarding a potential Dalton trade.

Dalton comes with a hefty cap hit ($17.5 million) and is only under contract through 2020, but Trubisky being on his rookie deal would help the Bears stomach his salary. The 32-year-old threw for 3,494 yards with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last season, sporting 78.3 passer rating.

Adding Dalton would give the Bears insurance in case Trubisky’s 2019 struggles persist next season. Dalton is an established veteran who is familiar with Bears offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. The two worked together from 2016-18, when Lazor was Cincinnati’s quarterbacks coach (2016) and OC (2017-18).

Dehner’s report doesn't offer any specific packages the Bears and Bengals have discussed. However, barring a surprise, Cincinnati will select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow No. 1 overall in the NFL draft in two months. Considering Burrow is set to become the Bengals’ quarterback of the future, trading Dalton will give him the chance to play elsewhere.

The Bears have made it clear Trubisky is entering 2020 as their starter. However, someone like Dalton could usurp him if the former No. 2 overall pick can’t find his footing this season.

Black History Month: The courage to be a black quarterback

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Black History Month: The courage to be a black quarterback

NBCS Chicago is celebrating Black History Month with special episodes to discuss the impact of the black athlete in sports. In the final episode of the series, Laurence Holmes is joined by his "Football Aftershow" teammate and former Chicago Bear Alex Brown to discuss, making coaching in the NFL more diverse, is the Rooney Rule helping, and the common practice of moving black quarterbacks to other positions.

(4:20) - Alex Brown on being pushed to not play quarterback in high school

(9:15) - Jalen Hurts asked would he be willing to change positions in the NFL

(17:03) - Alex Brown on playing in a Super Bowl that featured 2 black head coaches

(22:12) - Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy not being mentioned for a head coaching job

(26:00) - Does the Rooney Rule work?

(40:35) - Overcoming unfairness

(44:28) - Watching a NFL where there are successful black quarterbacks

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player  below:

Under Center Podcast

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