Wide receiver Brandon Marshall feels like he and the Bears are on the same page when it comes to wanting to win in 2015 and he “definitely” loves playing for the team, but that’s not enough for him to feel assured of a spot on Chicago’s roster in 2015.
Marshall is coming off an injury-plagued year that saw him catch 61 passes for 721 yards for his lowest production since his rookie season in Denver and stands to make $7.5 million next season under his current contract. That combination along with the regime change in Chicago has led to speculation that the Bears might decide to move in a different direction and Marshall didn’t receive any guarantees in either direction during a conversation with coach John Fox and General Manager Ryan Pace.
I don’t think anybody would be [comfortable] sitting in the gray, but this is the National Football League,” Marshall said, via the Chicago Tribune. “This is our business. It’s not a unique situation. It happens every single year. Like I said in the middle of the season, some players think that when you lose, oh, the coach is going to be gone. No, they move players, too. I get that and understand that.”
Marshall said he’s excited about the prospect of working with offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who was his position coach in Denver before Marshall was traded to the Bears, and chances are that a healthy Marshall will be a more productive one. As of now, though, that’s not enough for Marshall or the Bears to make any promises about his return to the team.