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The Chicago Tribune doesn't expect the Bears to sign Brandon Marshall to a contract extension prior to the start of the season.

Marshall, 30, is entering his walk year and is set to earn $9.1 million. He's expressed zero concern over his contract situation and has previously said his play will "force them to sign me" after the season. Coming off a year that saw him catch 100 balls for 1,295 yards and a career-high 12 touchdowns, Marshall is expecting improvement. He remains locked in as an elite WR1.

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Walk-year WR Brandon Marshall says he isn't worried about his contract situation.

"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. "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." A twice-traded player now on the wrong side of 30, Marshall understands the realities of the business. He'll make $9.1 million in 2014.

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The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs hints that Brandon Marshall's contract situation is not a "pressing issue" for the Bears.

Marshall, 30, is owed $9.3 million in salary and bonuses entering the final year of his contract. Biggs implies that he expects the Bears to let Marshall play out the deal and perhaps consider signing him to an extension before 2015 free agency. It'd be a risky maneuver by GM Phil Emery, but Chicago is positioned well for it with Alshon Jeffery emerging as a potential future "No. 1."

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Brandon Marshall says he feels like he had a "down year" in 2013.

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Brandon Marshall caught six passes for 74 yards and a touchdown in Chicago's Week 17 loss to the Packers.

Marshall's score was a diving, five-yard grab at the back of the end zone in the fourth quarter, but he also committed a drop on Chicago's futile final drive. Managing to co-exist with co-No. 1 receiver Alshon Jeffery, Marshall finishes his second year in Chicago with 100 catches for 1,295 yards and 12 touchdowns. The grabs and yards are both down on his 2012 numbers, but Marshall is clearly still in his prime. Going on 30, Marshall has caught 100 passes in five of his eight NFL seasons. He'll remain a WR1 for 2014.

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Brandon Marshall caught four passes for 36 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 16 loss to the Eagles.

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Brandon Marshall (quad) is active for Sunday night's Week 16 game against the Eagles.

Marshall was limited in practice this week with a quad injury, but his status was never in doubt. Earl Bennett and Lance Briggs (shoulder) are also active, as expected. Inactive for the Bears are WR Marquess Wilson, QB Jordan Palmer, DT Christian Tupou, OL James Brown, RG Jonathan Scott, DE Cornelius Washington and OL Joe Long.

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Brandon Marshall (quad) returned to a full practice Friday.

He'll be an elite TE1 in Sunday night's bout with Philadelphia.

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Brandon Marshall returned to Bears practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.

According to coach Marc Trestman, the Bears are limiting Marshall's reps for "maintenance" purposes. Going into a dream matchup with the Eagles, Marshall is locked in as a high-end WR1 for the fantasy finals.

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Brandon Marshall is not practicing Wednesday.

It's likely just a rest day after Marshall caught six passes for 95 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over Cleveland. He's in no danger of missing Week 16 and will be a WR1 in a plus matchup against the Eagles.