Originally posted on NFL News & Rumors  |  Last updated 3/14/12

Just as the free agent signing period got under way, the Bears surprised everyone by sending two third round picks south to Miami in exchange for Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Here’s a quick smattering of what people are saying about the trade around the league…

  • ESPN North blogger Kevin Seifert opines that now is the time for Jay Cutler to step up and be the franchise quarterback everyone in Chicago expected him to be when they acquired him from Denver three off-seasons ago, as there are no more built in excuses for Cutler to use if he fails to be productive.
  • The trade looks good on paper, but Chicago Sun-Times beat writer Rick Telender wonders if there isn’t something else at play behind the Dolphins being all to eager to part ways with Marshall.
  • Yahoo! Sports Jason Cole says the trade was a no brainer for Chicago, but questions the intelligence of the move on Miami’s part, especially in light of their serious interest in signing Peyton Manning.
  • Manning’s impending decision will “define” this trade when things are all said and done, according to Greg Cote of the Miami Herald. If Manning signs with the Dolphins, Miami looks good. If not, they’ll look like fools.

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