Why the Bears are Better Off Without Brandon Marshall

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The argument is going to rage for the rest of this season regardless of what happens.  Many Chicago Bears fans will champion that the team was completely out of line handing out a five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver in Brandon Marshall for a 5th round draft pick.  Despite his personality quirks, his talent and production warranted biting the bullet and dealing with the headaches.

It’s a fair argument that carries weight given how much history provides examples, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Bears are better off without him.  Don’t take it by word of mouth.  Here are some perfectly sound reasons why.

Alshon Jeffery

Alshon Jeffery

If it’s that big receiver who can outmuscle defensive backs to make the needed third down conversions or catch the jump ball in the red zone, then the Bears had a redundant situation with Marshall and young protégé Alshon Jeffery.  The 25-year-old has the same setup:  tall, strong, good separation skills and a knack for making the circus catch.  The difference?  Alshon is younger, cheaper and less of a headache.

Also, with back-to-back seasons of over 1, 000 yards he’s proven he can produce even when Marshall isn’t player or isn’t at his best, as was the case in 2014.