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Dollars and sense: Brandon Marshall's contract

The Chicago Bears paid a cheap price to acquire Brandon Marshall in a trade from the Miami Dolphins, forking over just two third-round draft picks.

Paying him to be on the roster will not come cheaply.

But by picking up Marshall this way, the Bears avoided having to shell out the kind of big bonus money that goes to the jewels of the free-agent market. They also avoid owing Marshall, who is under contract through 2014, guaranteed money. But it’s not like the Bears made this move thinking they will be dumping the 27-year-old wide receiver any time soon.

After reviewing Marshall’s contract, which originally was a 5-year, $47.3 million deal struck with the Dolphins in April 2010, the Bears will owe him a little more than half of that for three seasons. Marshall stands to earn $28.1 million over the next three seasons, and he will carry a cap figure of $9.5 million for this season, which ranks fourth on the roster, just $100,000 behind his familiar quarterback Jay Cutler.

Here is how the remainder of the contract, provided to the Tribune, breaks down:

2012 base salary $9.3 million
2011 workout bonus $200,000

2013 base salary $9.1 million
2012 workout bonus $200,000

2014 base salary $9.1 million
2013 workout bonus $200,000

bmbiggs@tribune.com

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