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Brandon Marshall unsure whether he'll return to Bears in 2015, per report

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His health and contract could push him out of Chicago.

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2014 was a difficult year for wide receiver Brandon Marshall. His team, the Chicago Bears, finished at the bottom of the NFC North, while his season ended early due to fractured ribs and a lung injury. Now the five-time Pro Bowler doesn't know if he's in the team's plans for 2015, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Marshall's health has been a concern since the team acquired him from the Miami Dolphins in 2012. Even before his season-ending ribs and lung injuries, the veteran wideout incurred a severe high-ankle sprain that limited his productivity. Marshall finished the year with 61 catches and 721 receiving yards, the lowest such totals since his rookie season in 2006.

Part of Marshall's uncertainty also centers on the contract he signed with the Bears last offseason. As it stands, he will earn nearly $8 million next season with a cap hit above $9.5 million. That's a significant chunk of change for a player on the wrong side of 30. The Bears could save roughly $4 million in cap space by releasing Marshall before March 12.

Still, Marshall hopes to play the rest of his career in Chicago, a place he "definitely loves." At the same time, he understands that players rarely get to call their shots in the NFL.

"I definitely understand it's a business on both ends," Marshall said. "For me, I want to win. The organization wants to win. (Owner) Mrs. McCaskey wants to win, so, definitely aligned there. But there's a business side on both ends, and I get that."

With a new general manager and head coach, the Bears have many decisions to make before next season. It remains to be seen whether Marshall is in their plans.