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It's one thing to say your team's quarterback has a chance to win NFL MVP, but to say an opposing team's QB can win isn't exactly common.   

Yet that's what Brandon Marshall declared Tuesday on ESPN First Take

"I'll got out on a limb and say this again," Marshall told Max Kellerman and Stephen A. Smith. "I truly believe if Alshon Jeffery stays healthy, and then you have Kevin White, if this rookie can come in and catch 55-plus balls, Jay Cutler can be MVP this year. I truly believe that."

Marshall, who is known for bold predictions, has always had a close relationship with the Bears signal caller, but even this came a surprise. 

Avid Cutler critic, Stephen A., didn't buy it. 

"Can I leave?" Smith repeatedly asked after hearing Marshall's audacious statement.

The Jets wide receiver cited work ethic and leadership as reasons why the NFL's top honor could be headed back to Chicago for the first time since Walter Payton won in 1977. 

[SHOP: Gear up, Bears fans!]

This isn't the first time the former Bears wide receiver has forecasted a Cutler MVP. In 2014, as a member of the Bears, Marshall told the NFL Network's Michael Irvin that the team would have an innovative offense that would ultimately score Cutler the award. 

 

Instead, the 2014 campaign ended with Cutler tied atop the league in interceptions. 

While Marshall is high on the Bears QB, former Bears tight end Martellus Bennett and his brother, Michael, are very low. The veteran players labeled Cutler the worst quarterback in the league during an interview with ESPN's Mina Kimes. 

Cutler is coming off a solid year, but with Adam Gase jumping to take the head coaching position in Miami, he will have to mesh well with new offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. 

Will Marshall's prediction be correct this time?