Bears acquire Brandon Marshall from Dolphins

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Wide receiver Brandon Marshall is reuniting with quarterback Jay Cutler in Chicago after being dealt from Miami on Tuesday.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Wide receiver Brandon Marshall is reuniting with quarterback Jay Cutler in Chicago after being dealt from Miami on Tuesday.

The Chicago Bears have acquired Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall from the Miami Dolphins.

There was widespread speculation that the Bears would go after a high-profile free-agent receiver such as San Diego’s Vincent Jackson, but they filled their biggest hole with a blockbuster trade, instead, sending two undisclosed draft picks to Miami.

It's the first big move under new general manager Phil Emery, who replaced the fired Jerry Angelo, and reunites Marshall with quarterback Jay Cutler.

The two played together in Denver.

SAINTS: Wide receiver Marques Colston has decided against testing free agency and will remain with New Orleans.

Colston and Saints agreed to a new contract that runs up to five years.

He has amassed more than 1,000 yards receiving in five of his six seasons in the NFL.

• The players’ union wants the NFL to delay announcing any punishment to the Saints for their bounty program until it can conduct its own investigation.

“We asked the league to hold off on any punishment until our information gathering was completed,” NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said.

REDSKINS: Pierre Garcon says he will be signing with Washington.

The former Indianapolis Colts wideout would be a target for Robert Griffin III, the Heisman Trophy winner whom the Redskins are expected to take with the second pick in the NFL Draft.

GIANTS: Cornerback Terrell Thomas opted to pass on the free agent market and re-signed with Super Bowl-champion New York.

Thomas missed last season on injured reserve after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a preseason game against Chicago.

He led the Giants with five interceptions in 2010 and his re-signing puts the status of Aaron Ross in doubt.

49ERS: Cornerback Perrish Cox is getting a fresh start with San Francisco, signing a two-year contract more than a week after being acquitted on sexual assault charges in Colorado.

COWBOYS: Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Terence Newman has been released after nine seasons as a starter in Dallas.

CARDINALS: Arizona released starting left tackle Levi Brown.

Brown, who started 75 games in five seasons with Arizona, has a contract that would have counted nearly $17 million against the team’s cap for the coming season.

PANTHERS: Linebacker Thomas Davis agreed to forgo his $8 million signing bonus and take a pay cut to return to the Panthers.

The former Georgia standout, who is trying to comeback from three torn ACLs in three years, has agreed to forgo the signing bonus he was due and has taken a cut in base salary from $2.25 million to $700,000.

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

Williams and McBean, suspended without pay for Denver’s first six games of the 2012 season, filed their suit Monday in Denver District Court.


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