Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Thanks to everyone for hanging in there through another FavreCon 4 alert here on the NFC North blog. (We'll reserve "FavreCon 5" for the day he signs with Minnesota. Put your visors down now.)
It's been so hectic that we're just now getting around to thanking you for taking part in Monday's chat over at our revamped SportsNation site. And as it turns out, one question we addressed has taken on greater relevance Tuesday. Here's the exchange:
TERRANCE SMITH (CHICAGO IL)
IF DENVER LET BRANDON MARSHALL GO.WHATS THE CHANCES OF THE BEARS GETTING HIM IF THEY DONT GET PLAXICO BURRESS
I really think they'll have a hard time coming up with the ammunition. They didn't have a first-round pick this year and won't have one in 2010, either. Would they be willing to give up more picks in order to get Marshall, who is by far a bigger character risk than Cutler? I'm not sure about that.
A few hours ago, reports emerged that Marshall has not only requested a trade but that Denver might grant his wish. Marshall has a lot of red flags on his résumé, but his talent is undeniable and should ultimately fetch a decent price if the Broncos deal him. So I stand by my original position: Even if they were interested in reuniting Marshall with quarterback Jay Cutler, they're going to have trouble coming up with a suitable bounty.
They gave up first- and third-round picks this year for Cutler, as well as another first-rounder in 2010. If they have a good season this year, their second-round pick isn't going to be high enough to be the centerpiece in a Marshall deal. And that's assuming they would be willing to go without a first- or second-round pick in two consecutive drafts. So I continue to see a Marshall-Bears connection as unlikely for now.