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Why Brandon Marshall says he wanted a trade from the Bears

Why Brandon Marshall says he wanted a trade from the Bears

Stop us if you've heard this before, but Brandon Marshall is once again commenting on his tumultuous time with the Bears.

The Jets wide receiver spoke with MMQB's Peter King and gave two reasons as to why he wanted out of Chicago following the 2014 season.

The first comes as no surprise, that his relationship with quarterback Jay Cutler had been worsening. Though he reached career-highs in receptions (118) and yards (1,508) in 2012, and touchdowns (12) in 2013, Marshall never synced up with the rest of the Bears offense in his three years.

But Marshall told King that general manager Ryan Pace was against the wide receiver working on Showtime's "Inside the NFL" during the season.

"When I sat down with (GM) Ryan Pace and coach John Fox, we met, and I asked, 'What do you guys think about this?' It was a big topic, "Marshall said. "And Ryan Pace said, "Well, we can do that in the offseason." So I was like, 'Well, what about half the season?' 'No.' 'What about once or twice?' 'No.' 'What about bye week?' 'No, you can do that in the offseason.

"Right then, I knew I wouldn't be a Bear anymore, because I think that the business of the NFL is growing every single day, and players are being told to stay in a box and just play football, and we're missing out on a lot of opportunities, not only to grow as men and businessman but to experience different things."

Marshall first joined the Inside the NFL cast in 2014, when Marc Trestman was head coach and Phil Emory was general manager. The Bears traded Marshall and a seventh-round pick to the Jets in March.

Marshall's comments come on the heels of Redskins cornerback Josh Norman agreeing to a deal with Fox to serve as an analyst during the year on gamedays.

Though it's still two years away, the Bears will play the Jets in Chicago in 2018. If Marshall is still with the Jets, there could be some serious fireworks going on between the two teams.

Anthony Miller sports Bears uniform at NFLPA Rookie Premiere

Anthony Miller sports Bears uniform at NFLPA Rookie Premiere

Anthony Miller has quickly become a fan favorite on social media. He has the confidence and swagger found in most top wide receivers and it comes through on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Miller was one of 40 players in attendance at the 2018 NFLPA Rookie Premiere where he not only learned about the business and marketing side of football, but also suited up in his Bears gameday uniform for the first time. Of course, he shared the moment on Twitter:

Panini America, a sports collectible company, snapped a picture of Miller with fellow rookie receiver Calvin Ridley (Falcons) and quarterback Mason Rudolph (Steelers):

Miller has become something of a standout for the Bears despite not playing a single snap. He's expected to have a big role in an offense that has several new pieces and roles that are up for grabs.

Miller will compete with former first-round pick Kevin White and free-agent addition Taylor Gabriel for reps opposite Allen Robinson. Miller has the necessary skill set to play as both an outside receiver and in the slot which should give him an even greater opportunity to be on the field quite a bit.

The Bears first three draft picks are all vying for starting jobs in 2018. Roquan Smith (first round) is a lock to start next to Danny Trevathan and James Daniels (second round) will start at guard. Miller should make it three-for-three in a draft class that could end up the best of Ryan Pace's tenure.

Ryan Pace ranked among bottom-third of NFL general managers

Ryan Pace ranked among bottom-third of NFL general managers

Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace is having what many believe is his best offseason since taking the job in 2015, but after three seasons and only 14 wins, he needs a big year in 2018 to justify the confidence ownership has in him. 

According to a recent breakdown of all 32 general managers, Pace ranks among the worst decision-makers in the league.

No. 23: Ryan Pace, Chicago Bears

There’s only so much you can accomplish in one spring. The problem is that Pace let himself accumulate so many needs to begin with. He needs Trubisky and Nagy to springboard a fourth-year turnaround. 

The rankings didn't include six new GM hires, which makes Pace's positioning even more troubling.

Even though the Bears haven't seen wins on the field, Pace has done a solid job through three draft classes and appears to have the right coaching staff in place. His first hire, John Fox, was a calculated move by a rookie general manager to have an experienced football guy to lean on. Now, several offseasons later, the team is starting to take on his identity.

Despite all the talent Pace has added through the draft and the slow but steady transformation of the team's overall culture, it's a win-now business and if his blueprint doesn't start producing more wins than losses, it will be hard to justify more time and patience for his plan to develop.