Marshall added that he understands its a business and they didn’t assure him anything about his future with the team.
“I wasn’t expecting anything,” Marshall said, per Campbell.
Marshall did say that the communication with the regime has been “really positive.”
“All my communication with them has been really positive, so we’ll see,” Marshall added, per Campbell.
“I don’t think anybody would be (comfortable) sitting in the gray, but this is the NFL. It’s not a unique situation.”
There has been some talk that Marshall could be a release candidate this offseason after a disappointing 2014 season in which he apparently had some sort of falling out with QB Jay Cutler.
For what it’s worth, Michael C. Wright of ESPN mentioned this past weekend that he still expects Marshall back with the Bears in 2015.
Marshall, 30, still has another three years remaining on his four-year, $39.3 million contract that included $22.3 million guaranteed. He’ll make base salaries of $7.5 million (2015), $7.9 million (2016), and $8.3 million (2017) over the remainder of the contract.
Marshall will count $9.575 million against the team’s salary cap in 2015. According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Marshall would free up $3.95 million in cap space while creating $5.62 million in dead money.
In 2014, Marshall caught 61 passes for 721 yards receiving and eight touchdowns for the Bears over the course of 13 games. His season was cut short after he sustained fractured ribs and a collapsed lung and was later placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Pro Football Focus has Marshall rated as the No. 26 receiver out of 110 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Marshall and the Bears as the news is available.