Wide receiver Brandon Marshall said on the Friday that he was nearly traded to the New England Patriots prior to the start of last season.
“I could have played for the Patriots last year,” Marshall said. “There was an opportunity where there probably could have [been] a trade before the season.”
“It was my agent and the Chicago Bears because there a little tension on the contract staff,” Marshall said. “I thought I was worth a little more. There were a couple of teams that were offering more money.
“It never got that far, but there was a possibility with a couple teams.”
The 31-year-old missed the final three games of 2014 after suffering a lung injury and two broken ribs in the Bears' Dec. 4 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
Over 13 games, Marshall caught 61 passes for 721 yards and eight touchdowns.