So ... this is a new one.
During a guest spot on The View Monday morning, Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall signed a three-year contract extension, worth a reported $30 million on top of the $10 million he is due in 2014. ESPN's Michael C. Wright tweeted that $23 million of the $40 million now owed Marshall will be guaranteed.
The extension -- surely, the first of its kind inked in the midst of ABC's popular talk show -- could keep the dynamic Marshall-Alshon Jeffery duo together through the 2017 season. Marshall's contract was set to expire after the 2014 season. He said back in March on ESPN 1000's "Waddle and Silvy" that he was not bothered by the thought of playing out the upcoming season on an expiring deal.
"I have another year left on my contract. If it happens, it happens; if it doesn't, I'm glad to be a Bear for another year and I'm going to force them to sign me after next year," Marshall said. "One way or another, they're going to get the deal done."
Doing so now takes away any of the drama that may have emerged. Marshall has played two seasons in Chicago, averaging 109 catches, 11.5 touchdowns and more than 1,400 yards. Last season, he and Jeffery teamed up to total 2,716 yards and 19 touchdowns between them, nearly enough to push the Bears into the playoffs despite injuries to starting quarterback Jay Cutler. Their efforts did help backup Josh McCown land a shot at the starting job in Tampa Bay, after he left the Windy City as a free agent.
Marshall, who turned 30 in March, has topped 1,000 yards in each of his past seven seasons. He did so in both 2010 and '11 as a Dolphin despite a rocky relationship with the team. He has settled in extremely well with the Bears, though, as evidenced by Chicago's apparent desire to keep him around for several more seasons.
The View's website listed Marshall as a guest in this manner: "Chicago Bears player Brandon Marshall discusses his diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder." Marshall then tweeted this immediately after signing his contract extension on-air:
3 years 30 million dollar extension. 1 million dollar pledge to The Mental Health Community http://t.co/ONqRcYMLce
— Machine Marshall (@BMarshall) May 19, 2014
Chicago GM Phil Emery signed Cutler to a seven-year extension of his own back in January. Jeffery may be next in line to cash in, assuming Emery wants to keep his dominant aerial attack together -- his rookie deal runs out after 2015 (as does the contract of running back Matt Forte).
Even though he will turn 31 next offseason, Marshall would have been in line to score huge as a free agent. The 6-foot-4 receiver remains a spectacular red-zone threat (12 touchdowns in 2013) and has continued to hone his game as a veteran. The Bears kept that from occurring, and the eccentric Marshall did not pass up an opportunity to revel in the agreement on national TV.