The Chicago Bears and New York Jets have agreed on a deal that will send wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Jets. This will be the fourth team Marshall has suited up for including the Broncos and Dolphins prior to his stop in Chicago. The Bears will receive a fifth-round pick in exchange for the star wide receiver.
Bears have agreed to trade WR Brandon Marshall to the Jets pending a physical, per league source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 6, 2015
Jets will send a fifth-round pick to Chicago for WR Brandon Marshall.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 6, 2015
For the New York Jets, this trade puts their wide receiver core up their with the leagues best. Brandon Marshall to go along with Eric Decker, who was signed via free agency last season and Percy Harvin, at least for now will set up for a dynamic three wide receiver set. The potential for Harvin to be traded or released is a very real proposition, but the Jets may be less inclined with the way the three receivers could work on the field.
These pass catchers should help whomever is under center this season for the Jets as well. Geno Smith is likely the guy, at least to start the season, who will be trying to get these guys the ball. If Smith can be competent, there is potential for all of these guys to have value this season. They will all likely be a WR2 or WR3 for fantasy purposes, unless Geno Smith can take his game to the next level or they bring in another quarterback. Some names to monitor as possible quarterbacks include Nick Foles and Sam Bradford, both of whom could be an upgrade for the Jets. Marshall has been able to produce despite not always having the best quarterback throwing him the ball. Chad Henne, Kyle Orton, Matt Moore, Jason Campbell and Jimmy Clausen are a few of the guys Marshall has caught passes from. He averages 1086 yards per season.
The new found depth at wide receiver should help the Jets running game as well. Chris Ivory or whomever they bring in this season will see a ton of six or seven man fronts allowing for bigger holes and increased production.
As for the Bears, this is great news for Alshon Jeffery, who will be the unquestioned number one receiver in Chicago. Heading into 2015, Jeffery will be a top 10 receiver for me and potentially higher. Marquess Wilson was a sleeper last season that should be much more involved this season. At 6’4”, he has the size and ability to make a major impact on the 2015 season. The Bears likely will look at wide receiver in the 2015 NFL Draft. At pick 7 they could look at Kevin White, Amari Cooper or DeVante Parker. However with a defense that needs a ton of work, they likely look at that side of the ball and address wide receiver later in drafts. The 2015 wide receiver class is loaded and deep.
With NFL Free Agency starting March 10th, both teams could be involved in few different situations as they look to make changes for the 2015 season.