(The Bears are) Black and Blue All Over:
Many of us were scratching our heads Tuesday upon learning the terms of the Chicago Bears' trade/heist with the Miami Dolphins for Brandon Marshall, one of the NFL's best receivers. Why was Marshall available for a third-round draft pick in 2012 and another in 2013?
A possible explanation emerged overnight, and it's big enough to devote a separate version of BBAO to the Bears. According to the New York Post, Marshall -- who has a history of off-field incidents -- allegedly was involved in a fight outside a New York City nightclub Sunday night. The Post said Marshall hit a woman in the face, causing a black eye, but it wasn't clear if he was intending to punch her or missed another antagonist.
Marshall's attorney released a statement saying Marshall was not involved but that his wife had been hit and was injured seriously enough to require hospitalization.
It's not clear if the Dolphins knew about the incident before Tuesday's trade, or if the Bears did, and whether that will matter going forward. Like all players, Marshall will be subject to an NFL review and could face discipline from commissioner Roger Goodell.
There are two sides to every story, and normally we don't get all worked up about a nightclub fight. But Marshall has a history of fighting and domestic incidents, including with his current wife, and it doesn't bode well for his progress to hear another incident might have occurred just three days ago. It could impact his standing with the NFL, in terms of the personal conduct policy, among other things. Stay tuned.
Let's hit some local coverage of the Bears. I'll have a separate BBAO on the rest of the NFC North in a bit.
The Bears had been "inarguably shortsighted" in surrounding quarterback Jay Cutler with weapons in his first three seasons in Chicago, writes Jon Greenberg of ESPNChicago.com.
Marshall posted a "photo" of him in a Bears uniform on Twitter late Tuesday night.
Cutler re-tweeted the photo and wrote: "Told you we could get that #15 out of storage. Getting the band back together! Good to have #15 back."
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune writes on the pros and cons of Marshall's arrival.
David Haugh of the Tribune on new Bears general manager Phil Emery: "This is when it truly hits Bears fans that there is a new guy calling the shots at Halas Hall."
The Bears are still seeking help at defensive end, writes Pompei, after failing to lure Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Jeremy Mincey.
Cornerback Kelvin Hayden will visit with the Bears on Wednesday, reports ESPN's Josina Anderson.