MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 11: Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates a touchdown during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Sun Life Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Dolphins Trade Brandon Marshall To Chicago For 2 Draft Picks

The Dolphins have traded Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Bears in exchange for two third-round picks.

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Brandon Marshall Accused Of Punching Woman In Face, According To Report

A day after being traded from the Miami Dolphins to the Chicago Bears, wide receiver Brandon Marshall has been accused of punching a woman in the face outside of a New York club, according to an ESPN report. The incident allegedly occurred at 3:50 a.m. Monday morning after Marshall allegedly got into a fight with a group of the woman's friends. Police are currently investigating the accusation and Marshall has not yet been charged with any crime.

"Both the Bears and Dolphins were aware of what occurred over the weekend. We decided to move forward with the trade. We have high expectations for Brandon as a Bear," Bears general manager Phil Emery said in a statement.

Marshall's attorney, Harvey Steinberg, asserts that while there was a fight that night, his client was not involved. Steinberg also said that as Marshall and his wife were leaving the club, Marshall's wife was hit in the face with a bottle and suffered "serious" injuries that required a trip to the hospital.

The woman who accused Marshall of punching her apparently suffered a black eye. From her accounting of the incident, it's not clear if Marshall meant to punch her or one of her male friends, with whom Marshall was allegedly fighting.

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What Does Brandon Marshall Trade Mean For Dolphins Pursuit Of Peyton Manning?

The Miami Dolphins have traded Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears in exchange for two second round picks. On the surface, it's an odd move for Miami to make considering Marshall has finished with more than 1,000 yards receiving in each of his first two seasons in Miami. He's not a bad player. So why give him up for two third round picks?

Like everything else in the NFL lately, we're wondering if this is somehow related to free agent Peyton Manning. Consider this from the Sun-Sentinel last week regarding the Dolphins pursuit of Manning:

Marshall, in particular, could be viewed as a drag on the Dolphins' pursuit of Manning.

While Cardinals All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who traveled to Indianapolis to have dinner with Manning last month and was omnipresent during No. 18's desert tour over the weekend, is considered quarterback-friendly, Marshall is openly battling "borderline personality disorder" and has a reputation for being high maintenance.

I can already see what Dolphins fans are thinking: Marshall's exit opens the door for the Colts to bring in Reggie Wayne, which will then convince Manning to come to South Florida. It's a fair question considering how desperately the Dolphins (and others) want Manning.

Manning has visited the Broncos and Cardinals already. He also met with Dolphins coach Joe Philbin and plans to meet with the Titans as well.

For more on this blockbuster, check out SB Nation's The Phinsider.

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Brandon Marshall Trade Reunites Him With Jay Cutler

Brandon Marshall will be reunited with quarterback Jay Cutler. According to multiple reports, the Miami Dolphins have traded Marshall to the Chicago Bears for two third-round picks. This move will put Marshall back on the field with Cutler, the Bears quarterback.

Marshall and Cutler both entered the league in 2006 as draft picks of the Denver Broncos. The team chose Cutler with the 11th pick of the first round that year, adding Marshall in the fourth round with the 119th overall selection. They played together for their first three seasons in the league; it probably wasn't lost on the Bears' front office that Marshall had two of his best seasons while with Cutler in Denver.

With Cutler piloting the Denver offense in 2007, Marshall had 1,325 yards receiving, the best mark of his career. In 2008, he had 1,265 yards, the second-best mark of his career. Marshall, despite having some off-the-field issues, has been consistent throughout his career, which is why this trade is so surprising.

The Bears obviously needed help at receiver and many of us thought that help would come via free agency, not a trade. This is a solid move for the Bears. It's unlikely they would find the kind of impact from those two third-round picks that Marshall will immediately bring.

For more on this blockbuster, check out SB Nation's The Phinsider. And for a Chicago perspective, visit Windy City Gridiron and SB Nation Chicago.

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Brandon Marshall Traded To Chicago Bears, According To Report

The Dolphins have traded Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Bears in exchange for two third-round picks, according to a report.

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