Bears’ Brandon Marshall signs three-year contract extension
Chicago Tribune andThe Associated Press
The women seated around the table with Brandon Marshall on Monday morning clapped as the Bears receiver pulled out two sheets of paper that were clipped together. ABC talk show “The View” normally features almost anything — except breaking sports news — but Marshall is one to break the mold. And if Whoopi Goldberg had never witnessed an NFL player sign a contract, that was about to change.
The three-year, $30 million extension Marshall signed on camera rewards his consecutive Pro Bowl nominations in each of his first two seasons with the team. More accurately, though, it’s the Bears’ investment in his future production.
Several examples of receivers excelling at 30 and older support the Bears’ faith in Marshall, who turned 30 in March and has had three hip surgeries.
During the last 20 years, a receiver at least 30 has had at least 1,200 receiving yards and at least eight touchdowns 28 times, according to profootball-reference.com. The names on the list range from household status — Jerry Rice, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens — to lesser-known — Brett Perriman, Joe Horn and Joey Galloway.
If Marshall joins that group, the Bears will get their money’s worth from the extension, which includes $23 million guaranteed, a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed.
Marshall is under contract for $9.3 million for the 2014 season — $9.1 million in base salary and a $200,000 workout bonus. So that positions him to earn $39.3 million from the Bears over the next four seasons.
Neither Marshall nor general manager Phil Emery commented after Marshall signed.
NFL to pick host for 2018 Super Bowl
NFL owners will choose among New Orleans, Indianapolis and Minneapolis as the site of the 2018 Super Bowl when they meet Tuesday.
Each city has hosted the big game, albeit just once for Indy and Minny. New Orleans has staged 10 Super Bowls, tied with South Florida for the most.
Most recently, the 2013 game was delayed 38 minutes by a blackout at the Superdome. Despite that power problem, New Orleans is considered a favorite to be chosen by the 32 owners as the city celebrates its 300th year. A three-quarters majority is required for passage.
• Johnny Manziel spent his first weekend in the NFL hanging around other rookies and unsigned free agents.
He’s about to take the field with the bigger boys.
Manziel, who had a “positive” rookie minicamp with Cleveland, will practice this week with the club’s veteran players, including Brian Hoyer, the quarterback he’ll try to unseat as starter.
Browns first-year coach Mike Pettine made it clear that Manziel and Hoyer realize what’s at stake and that their competitive juices are already flowing.
“I don’t know if they’re going to be sending each other Christmas cards anytime soon,” Pettine said of the relationship between Manziel and Hoyer. “But they both know they’re in it together and they’re going to compete. I think they both feel comfortable that, as a staff, we’re going to put the best quarterback that puts us in position to win games, we’re going to put him out there.”