Should Buffalo Bills Acquire Brandon Marshall?


Sep 7, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) makes a diving catch against Buffalo Bills free safety Aaron Williams (23) during the second half at Soldier Field. Buffalo Bills defeat the Chicago Bears 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

According to a report by Brad Briggs of the Chicago Tribune the Chicago Bears are looking to trade Brandon Marshall who will be 31 by the start of the season, in return they’re looking for a mid round pick compensation.  

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The Buffalo Bills should jump at this opportunity, Brandon Marshall is still an elite receiver in this league and one who can go up and catch balls with a huge catch radius. Now the Bears would have to take on half of his contract for this deal to go through but it makes the most sense for Bills to strike while the iron is hot and while the Patriots are extremely over the cap.

Marshall was a positive 4.3 overall with his best area’s being catching the ball (naturally) and run blocking, which is something that would fit extremely well in Greg Roman’s new system.
Now the Buffalo Bills wouldn’t have to give up much to get the services of Marshall, the reports say a mid round pick, I think we could add Chris Hogan to the trade. Hogan is the type of player John Fox loves and would be a good addition to a semi-toxic Bears roster.

Now there are some other trade options that would be possible for the Bears to remove some problems from their locker room and the Bills to pick up some real talent. If the Bears added Martellus Bennett to the deal I think the Bills would send their 3rd rounder and a fifth next year to the Bears while taking on half of both of the players cap hits, Marshall holds a cap hit of 9 Million in 2015 and 2016 and 10 million in 2017. Bennett is owed 6 million in 2015 and 2016, now these are big cap number for players who are a little up there in age however the Bills could do what they plan to do with Shady McCoy and negotiate some of the guaranteed money into the signing bonus which doesn’t hit against the cap and lower there cap hit to around 2-3 million dollars. Bills fans should be familiar with this move because its the same move the Saints pulled to get Jarius Byrd on their roster a season ago.
Now what do Marshall and Bennett bring to the roster you may be asking, Well they bring elite pass catching skill and a mean streak that can be drawn out of our young receivers. Marshall last season had 971 receiving yards with 8 TDs and Bennett had 916 yards with 6 TDs. Marshall had a 4.3 overall for the season and Bennett was a positive 8.9 overall, Bennett would be a great addition for whom ever is playing Quarterback for the Buffalo Bills next season.
The Trade
Bills Get: Brandon Marshall, Martellus Bennett
Bears Get: Chris Hogan, 3rd round 2015 pick, 5th round 2016, 50% cap relief

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