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Bears give QB familiar target in WR Marshall

CHICAGO — The Bears acquired Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall from the Dolphins on Tuesday, the biggest move on the first day of free agency.

Chicago sent two third-round draft picks to Miami.

It's the first big move under new Bears general manager Phil Emery, who replaced the fired Jerry Angelo. It gives Jay Cutler the go-to receiver he sought since arriving from Denver three years ago and reunites him with one of his top Broncos targets.

Marshall had 81 catches for 1,214 yards and six scores last season and made the Pro Bowl for the third time.

The Bears also agreed to a one-year deal with quarterback Jason Campbell, who will back up Cutler. And special teams standout and linebacker Blake Costanzo said he received a two-year deal from Chicago.

BRONCOS FILE SUIT: Two Broncos are suing the league to overturn their drug suspensions, saying the league violated protocol in collecting urine samples from linebacker D.J. Williams and defensive lineman Ryan McBean, then refused to clear the players even after the collector was fired.

CHARGERS: Center Nick Hardwick, the team's most experienced offensive lineman, agreed to a three-year contract just before he was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.

COLTS: Receiver Reggie Wayne agreed in principle to a deal that could keep him with the club for the rest of his career, AP reported.

FALCONS: The team agreed to terms on new deals with backup quarterback Chris Redman and third receiver Harry Douglas.

49ERS: The team signed former Broncos defensive back and returner Perrish Cox, who was acquitted on sexual assault charges in Colorado this month, to a two-year contract.

JAGUARS: Safety Dwight Lowery agreed to a four-year contract. The team also signed versatile backup linebacker Russell Allen to a three-year contract.

JETS: The team agreed in principle with linebacker Bryan Thomas, a 10-year veteran who will remain its longest-tenured player.

PACKERS: The league suspended defensive end Mike Neal without pay for the first four games of the 2012 regular season for violating policy on performance enhancing substances.

PANTHERS: Linebacker Thomas Davis agreed to forego an $8 million signing bonus and take a pay cut to return, AP reported. Davis, who has had three torn ACLs in three years, will take a base salary cut from $2.25 million to $700,000.

REDSKINS: The team agreed to terms with receivers Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan and re-signed defensive end Adam Carriker.

SAINTS: The players' union wants the league to delay announcing any punishment for the team's bounty program until it can conduct its own investigation, NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said. … Receiver Marques Colston agreed to a five-year contract worth about $40 million.

SEAHAWKS: Defensive end Red Bryant agreed to terms on a new contract. Terms were not released.

TEXANS: Owner Bob McNair wants to re-sign outside linebacker Mario Williams and he's not interested in pursuing Peyton Manning. Williams, who missed most of last season with a torn chest muscle, officially became an unrestricted free agent.

CAP SPACE: The $46 million in total salary cap reductions for the Redskins and Cowboys over the next two seasons will go to other teams.

Transaction tracker

The latest moves from around the NFL


. Texans DE Mario

Williams with Bills.

. Vikings G Steve Hutchinson with Titans.

Other moves

With terms where available


CB Tim Jennings agreed to re-sign on a two-year contract.


Released RT Tony Pashos and P Richmond McGee. Re-signed OL John Greco to an extension. Tendered contracts to WR Jordan Norwood and DL Brian Schaefering.


Released LT Levi Brown.


C Nick Hardwick re-signed to a three-year contract.


WR Reggie Wayne re-signed to a three-year contract


CB Terence Newman and K David Buehler released.


OT Todd Herremans re-signed to a three-year extension through 2016.


QB Chris Redman and WR Harry Douglas re-signed.


DB/KR Perrish Cox agreed to two-year contract.


CB Terrell Thomas re-signed.


S Dwight Lowery agreed to four-year contract. LB Russell Allen agreed to three-year contract.


OLB Bryan Thomas re-signed to a one-year contract.


OL Geoff Hangartner re-signed for three years.


Agreed to terms to re-sign DE Adam Carriker for four years, $20 million; $7 million guaranteed.


WR Marques Colston agrees to a new contract of up to five years.


DE Red Bryant re-signed.


QB Sage Rosenfels re-signed.

Bears give QB familiar target in WR Marshall 03/13/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 12:25am]
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