Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 3/27/14

You could say Brandon Marshall wants to remain in the Windy City.

The Bears' top receiver told ESPN Chicago 1000 on Thursday that he's not worried about his contract situation, but said he'll go to extremes -- i.e. picketing -- to ensure his stay with the team.

"I have another year left on my contract. If it happens, it happens, if it doesn't, I'm glad to be a Bear for another year and I'm going to force them to sign me after next year," Marshall said. "One way or another, they're going to get the deal done.

"But if it comes down to next year, I'll be picketing outside of Halas Hall for a new deal, a new contract, because I'm not going anyplace."

Marshall is due $9.4 million in 2014, the final year of the five-year, $47.3 million pact he signed in 2010. He's relatively underpaid compared to other elite wideouts -- despite recording back-to-back 100-catch campaigns -- but it's not deterring him.

"I'm not going anywhere, man," Marshall said. "The guys that are out there now like Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald they're making $16 million, $15 million a year, and I'm not looking for anything like that. A lot of that money goes to the quarterback position and rightfully so."

The Bears entered this offseason strapped for cap space, but freed up some money by restructuring Jay Cutler's contract. Instead of inking Marshall to an extension, however, they made a free agent splash, handing defensive end Jared Allen a four-year, $32 million deal.

Impressively, considering his past, Marshall isn't making waves. Now 30-years-old, he insists his only goal is to be a good teammate and help the Bears in any way he can.

"For me, we do want to sign guys like Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston and we got Martellus [Bennett] last year and have Matt Forte. I do want to be in a good position, but at the same time I definitely am not trying to be in the $15 million range. I get a year to deal with that, and right now I'm focusing on how to be a better teammate. How can I grow as a receiver, as a man, as a leader on this team and also in the community. How can our foundation do bigger things? That stuff is going to take care of itself. We have all year to figure that out and I believe we'll get it done before the end of the season and I'm going to be happy when we do."

Following tumultuous stints with the Broncos and Dolphins, Marshall has found his niche in Chicago. He's stayed out of trouble off the field and produced on it. If he hauls in another 1,200+ yards and 12 touchdowns, as he did in 2013, the Bears should reward him handsomely.

No picket signs necessary.

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