Not buying the Brandon Marshall-to-Ravens speculation

The Baltimore Ravens need a Brandon Marshall-type wide receiver. They just don't need Brandon Marshall.

He's selfish. He's a distraction. He's an "exhaustive presence," one Bears teammate told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Marshall, who is under contract with the Bears, created a stir recently when he asked Baltimore coach John Harbaugh about playing for the Ravens during an interview on Showtime's "Inside the NFL." There's no certainty the Bears are going to release Marshall, and ESPN NFL Nation Bears reporter Michael C. Wright believes Marshall should be back in Chicago in 2015.

If Marshall does become available, the Ravens shouldn't be interested. Before you picture Marshall catching 100 passes from quarterback Joe Flacco, just imagine him in the same locker room as volatile receiver Steve Smith, who has indicated to the Ravens he wants to play next season. That would make for a good reality television show. It would be a disastrous pairing for a team looking to contend for a Super Bowl.

The idea of Marshall and Smith brings up bad memories of Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens in Cincinnati in 2010, when the Bengals went 4-12. It's difficult to keep two strong personalities at wide receiver happy and not let that affect the entire team. If the Ravens bring in Marshall, they might as well bring in Marshawn Lynch at running back and a psychiatrist for Flacco.

In theory, it makes sense the Ravens should want Marshall. He is the big, physical wide receiver the Ravens need to add to their offense. He was a Pro Bowl receiver in 2013, when current Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman was his coach.

But I'm not buying that Marshall will be in a Ravens uniform in 2015, especially when you consider his past. He has been named in at least eight separate incidents of violence against women since he was drafted in 2006. Even though none of those incidents led to a criminal conviction, the Ravens can't put themselves in that type of situation after a year of dealing with the Ray Rice scandal.

Beyond that, there's a reason why a five-time Pro Bowl receiver has played for three teams. There's a reason why the Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins couldn't wait to get rid of him and why the Bears may be thinking the same.

Marshall doesn't crave the spotlight. He's apparently obsessed with it. Last offseason, he signed his contract extension with the Bears on "The View." During the season, he challenged a trash-tweeting Detroit Lions fan to a boxing match and then explained it was part of an anti-bullying campaign.

The drama never ends. After a loss to the Dolphins this past season, Marshall's postgame theatrics in the locker room reportedly included calling out quarterback Jay Cutler and going after kicker Robbie Gould. A week later, Marshall walked off the field for a fourth-and-10 play while trailing the Patriots 45-7 and later responded, "That's wack, bro," when asked if he left because he was hurt, tired or frustrated.

Marshall is the most talented wide receiver the Ravens could get this offseason. The fact that he's had five 100-catch seasons is awfully enticing. It just comes with 100 headaches. The Ravens would essentially be replacing a high-character player in Torrey Smith with a narcissistic one in Marshall. The good teams know the value of chemistry over production. It's not a coincidence Marshall has never played in a postseason game in his nine NFL seasons.

The Ravens need to find a legitimate, young No. 1 wide receiver for Flacco at some point. There comes a time when the Ravens have to stop patching up their wide receiver position with 30-something receivers like Derrick Mason, Anquan Boldin, Lee Evans and Steve Smith. The Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers have Pro Bowl playmakers in A.J. Green and Antonio Brown. Since 2010, Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas, Julio Jones and Odell Beckham Jr. have been drafted in the first round and have emerged as the best pass-catchers in the NFL.

Bryant and Thomas could be free agents this offseason, but the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos are expected to put the franchise tag on them. When you're a special talent at wide receiver, teams want to keep you. They don't cut ties like other teams have done with Marshall.

There's no question the Ravens need a playmaker like Marshall. They just need one without the distractions and drama.