With a tear in my eye, this is the greatest day of ... the year. So far.
The story comes from NFL reporter and UFC on FUEL personality Jay Glazer:
"Major scoopage! The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms of a trade w Miami for pro bowl WR Brandon Marshall in exchange for 2 third-rounders."
This reunites Marshall with quarterback Jay Cutler. They both played together, of course, during Cutler's three seasons with the Denver Broncos, where Cutler had his best season as a pro in 2008, throwing for 4,526 yards and 25 touchdowns. Marshall was the primary target that year, catching 104 passes for 1,265 yards and six touchdowns.
That was also the first year he made the Pro Bowl.
This comes as a great surprise to me, although it probably shouldn't. Phil Emery is in his first year as General Manager after Jerry Angelo was ousted and he's making a big splash already. Cutler and Marshall flirted with each other on Twitter throughout the offseason and now that the new league year has started, they can hook back up to make big strides towards the Super Bowl in the "Windy City."
Eat your heart out, Denver.
Meanwhile, the Bears are also heavily rumored to join the hot pursuit for top free agent defensive end Mario Williams, who the Houston Texans stupidly failed to re-sign. Now that he's on the open market it's highly unlikely he heads back to the team that drafted him. He's scheduled to visit the Buffalo Bills tonight but he also has three team visits planned after.
Could one of them be Chicago? We shall see. They certainly have the room under the cap to make it happen if they're willing to spend the money. And if they are, they could very well have the best pass rush in the NFL with Williams lining up opposite Julius Peppers every down.
Matthew Stafford's shoulders are crying at the thought of such an arrangement.
Needless to say, I'm overjoyed at all this news and felt compelled to write about it. This is my outlet and we've got plenty of Maniac football fans.