Before being dealt to the Chicago Bears, veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall put on a show at the 2012 Pro Bowl with an incredible performance. Marshall caught six passes for 176 yards and four touchdowns in the Pro Bowl last year and ran away with the Pro Bowl MVP without much debate.
Unfortunately for Marshall, the four-time Pro Bowler might not get the chance to win a second consecutive MVP in Honolulu, Hawaii with the receiver requiring arthroscopic hip surgery according to Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com via Twitter:
Bears WR Brandon Marshall will need to get hip scoped, according to NFL source.
— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) January 15, 2013
The trade sending Marshall to the Bears from the Miami Dolphins has turned out to be a resounding success for the 28-year-old and storied NFL franchise. The reason for the Bears pulling the trigger on the trade to acquire Marshall was to give the team’s passing game a boost by reuniting Jay Cutler with his old teammate from the Denver Broncos.
Although the move was questioned at first due to Marshall’s attitude problems of the past, the veteran wideout put up solid numbers once again playing with Cutler.
Marshall had career-highs across the board during his first year in Chicago with 118 catches, 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns. Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions caught four more passes than Marshall (122), but the veteran finished tied for second with the New England Patriots’ Wes Welker in that category while finishing third in receiving yards and tied for fourth in touchdown receptions.
As a result of Marshall’s breakout season, the seven-year veteran was selected to the Pro Bowl for a fourth time and as an All-Pro for the first time.
The Bears’ coaching staff may have changed in Chicago with Lovie Smith being let go following the 10-win season, but Marshall appears to have a bright future ahead in the Windy City with Cutler making him his go-to guy in the offense.