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Former Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall(Brandon Marshall Jersey) said in an interview with The MMQB that he believes his in-season television work on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” played a role in Chicago’s decision to trade him to the New York Jets in the 2015 offseason.

“When I sat down with [general manager] Ryan Pace and coach John Fox, we met, and I asked, ‘What do you guys think about this?’ It was a big topic,” Marshall told the website. “And Ryan Pace said, ‘Well, we can do that in the offseason.’ So I was like, ‘Well, what about half the season?’ ‘No.’ ‘What about once or twice?’ ‘No.’ ‘What about bye week?’ ‘No, you can do that in the offseason.’

“Right then, I knew I wouldn’t be a Bear anymore, because I think that the business of the NFL is growing every single day, and players are being told to stay in a box and just play football, and we’re missing out on a lot of opportunities, not only to grow as men and businessmen but to experience different things.”

In March 2015, the Bears traded Marshall and a seventh-round pick to the Jets for a fifth-round choice.

Marshall declined to elaborate on his relationship with Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, but the two men did not appear to be on the same page at the end of Marshall’s tenure in Chicago.

Despite playing only three seasons for the Bears, Marshall is eighth in franchise history in receptions (279) and 12th in receiving yards (3,524).

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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Bears quarterback Jay Cutler(Jay Cutler Jersey) brushed off negative comments directed at him by former teammate and current Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett, who questioned Cutler’s on-field decision making in a recent ESPN The Magazine interview.

“I don’t know. I’m really not going get into that,” Cutler said Wednesday. “Most receivers and tight ends are always open. So hopefully [quarterback] Tom [Brady] I guess can do a better job of finding him than I did.

“I don’t know, man. I could say something clever and smart, but I’ll just pass.”
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on Wednesday brushed off negative comments made by former teammate Martellus Bennett, who is now with the New England Patriots. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

Bennett, whom Chicago traded to New England in the offseason, openly complained about his role last year before the Bears placed him on injured reserve with a ribs injury on Dec. 8. The veteran tight end earned a trip to the Pro Bowl in 2014, when he caught a career-high 90 passes for 916 yards and 6 touchdowns, but Bennett, who boycotted Chicago’s entire voluntary offseason program over a contract dispute the following offseason, suffered a steep decline in production in 2015 (53-439-3 in 11 games) that he partly blamed on Cutler.

“I’d be open and he’d throw into double coverage,” Bennett told ESPN The Magazine.

“Worst quarterback in the NFL,” Bennett’s brother, Michael, who plays for the Seattle Seahawks, added.

Bears Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long said he was uninterested in what the Bennett brother’s had to say, pointing out that neither one is on Chicago’s 2016 roster.

“I [couldn't] care less what somebody not on our team thinks about our team or our players,” Long said. “We’ve got our guys, and we’ve got our team. And yeah, best of luck to them.”

The mood on Wednesday lightened, however, when a reporter informed Cutler that another that another ex-teammate, wide receiver Brandon Marshall, proclaimed on ESPN’s First Take that Cutler can win 2016 league MVP honors if receivers Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White stay healthy.

“You can’t please everybody,” Cutler chuckled. “We’re at both ends of the spectrum here. We wish both those guys good luck. I had fun playing with them here, and that’s just kind of how it goes. Guys play for different teams, and we wish them both the best of luck.”

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Chicago running back Matt Forte and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery(Alshon Jeffery Jersey) are active for the Bears’ Thursday night game against the Packers.

Forte missed the past three games with a knee injury, and Jeffery was questionable coming into the night with a groin injury. The team’s top receiver, Jeffery has missed five games this season with groin and shoulder ailments.

Wide receiver Eddie Royal (knee) and tight end Martellus Bennett (ribs) were already declared out. The Bears also will be without safety Antrel Rolle (knee).

For the Packers, JC Tretter will make his first start at center with Corey Linsley out with an ankle injury. The Packers also will be without safety Micah Hyde because of a hip injury.

Other Packers inactives include QB Brett Hundley, RB Alonzo Harris, LB Andy Mulumba and WRs Jared Abbrederis and Ty Montgomery.

Other Bears inactives include RB Ka’Deem Carey, CB Jacoby Glenn, OT Nick Becton and DL Will Sutton.