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Brandon Marshall Traded To The Chicago Bears! Did Miami Make Ah Mistake Trading Brandon Marshall?

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Published on Mar 13, 2012

Brandon Marshall Traded To The Chicago Bears! Did Miami Make Ah Mistake Trading Brandon Marshall?

The Miami Dolphins have traded receiver Brandon Marshall to Chicago, the team confirmed Tuesday.

In return, the Dolphins will receive the Bears' third-round draft picks in 2012 and 2013, as first reported by Fox's Jay Glazer.

Marshall, who was due $9.3 million, $9.1 million and $9.1 million in the next three years, was not viewed by new coach Joe Philbin as an integral piece of the team's plans.

Trading him frees up $5.8 million in cap space, leaving Miami $16 million under the cap. But it also creates a need for a No. 1 receiver.

The Dolphins' cap space fell below $10 million earlier in the day after the team placed tenders on right tackle Lydon Murtha ($1.9 million) and Phillip Merling ($1.26 million) and also re-signed Austin Spitler and Jeron Mastrud for $540,000 apiece.

The Dolphins expect to use a good chunk of their cap space on a quarterback -- Peyton Manning (though Miami is not the favorite for his services) or backup plan Matt Flynn. The Dolphins also want to add a pass-rusher, third cornerback, offensive line help, and now, potentially another receiver. Some of those needs will be filled in the draft.

Former University of Miami offensive tackle Eric Winston, who was cut by Houston on Monday, said he will visit the Dolphins in the next couple of days but has not yet received an offer from them.

Though the Dolphins liked Marshall's skill set, they grew frustrated with his behavior at times. One player said last season that Marshall would behave strangely at times, such as kicking a ball during practice, and also got away with behavior that other players would not, such as spiking a ball off cornerback Vontae Davis' head.

Marshall caught 81 passes for 1,214 yards last season. He had six touchdown catches but also dropped at least five.

The top available free agent receivers include Vincent Jackson, Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon, Brandon Lloyd and Mario Manningham.

Marshall's departure leaves Brian Hartline, Davone Bess, Clyde Gates, Marlon Moore and Roberto Wallace on the roster at receiver.

The Dolphins ended up getting only two years from Marshall after trading two second-round picks to Denver for him before the 2010 season. The trade reunites him with Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, Marshall's former teammate in Denver.

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