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Brandon Marshall traded from the Miami Dolphins to Chicago Bears

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The Chicago Bears have long needed a genuine threat at the wide receiver position, and it looks like they finally filled that need by trading for Dolphin receiver Brandon Marshall.

Miami agreed to the trade after Chicago offered two third-round picks to acquire Marshall — one in the 2012 draft and one in the 2013 draft.

The timing of the move seems to hurt the Dolphins chances to sign Peyton Manning, because after Marshall the best receivers on the roster are Brian Hartline and Davone Bess.

Manning knows the value of a good receiver, and now they no longer have one.

However some perceive the move by the Dolphins as one to help clear cap space so that they can sign Manning.

One can’t forget that receiver Reggie Wayne said he would be willing to follow Manning to whatever team he ends up signing with.

For the Bears it means they have a legitimate number one receiver for quarterback Jay Cutler, and he immediately tops the depth chart over Roy Williams, Johnny Knox, and Devin Hester.

Cutler and Marshall were teammates in Denver from 2006 to 2008, where the due teamed up to amass 2,899 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Chicago is also said to by very interested in acquiring free agent defensive lineman/linebacker Mario Williams, who is expected to be given a mega-contract by a competing team that is not the Houston Texans.

In six seasons Marshall has caught 494 passes for 6,247 yards and 34 touchdowns.

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