Last week, Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall said that he received no assurances he’d remain with the team during meetings with coach John Fox and General Manager Ryan Pace.
Fox didn’t offer any during his meeting with the media at the combine on Wednesday either.
“I think he’s had great production,” Fox said, via the Chicago Tribune. “I think he’s a guy that’s a big target. That helps you a lot in the red area, and he’s done it in this league. We’re trying to evaluate where everybody fits and how we best use them and, again, trying to put the best football team on the field. He’s part of that process. I don’t know if it’s fair to give a full evaluation when I only took part of the test. We’ve still got more questions on the test, so we’ll continue down that path and hopefully make the best decision for our football team.”
Fox and Pace also both gave similar answers when asked about Marshall’s desire to remain a panelist on Inside the NFL, a gig that requires him to make a round trip to New York every Tuesday during the regular season. The team granted Marshall permission to do it last season, but both men said they wanted players whose focus was directed toward helping the Bears win a championship.
Marshall’s $7.5 million salary becomes guaranteed if he’s on the roster March 12, leaving the team a few weeks to mull whether Marshall’s part of what’s best for the Bears.