- Jeff Dickerson, ESPN Staff Writer
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CHICAGO -- Five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall spoke openly Tuesday about his desire to retire as a member of the Bears after signing a three-year extension with the club that runs through the 2017 season.
But Marshall still has several goals he plans to achieve before calling it quits.
Marshall told ESPN 1000's "Carmen and Jurko Show" that he one day wants to surpass the numbers put up by Hall of Famer Cris Carter over his illustrious 16-year NFL career.
"They're going to have to rip the jersey off of my back [for me to stop playing]," Marshall said. "I've always said I want to play 14 years. That's always been my goal. But maybe [I'll play until I'm] 36 years old. Who knows?
"I'm trying to pass Cris Carter in everything. I don't think I have it in me to go for Jerry [Rice]. That's 20 years I would have to play. Maybe with modern medicine and all this new technology, I could potentially play that long, but I've had three hip surgeries. I'm just asking for six more [years in the league]."
Carter ranks fourth in league history in receptions (1,101), and receiving touchdowns (130). His 13,899 receiving yards are fourth all time among Hall of Famers after Rice, Tim Brown and James Lofton and ninth all-time as Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Isaac Bruce, Tony Gonzalez and Marvin Harrison also appear ahead of him on the list.
In eight seasons with Chicago, Miami and Denver, Marshall has caught 712 passes for 9,050 yards and 57 touchdowns.
Marshall is the only player in league history to record 100-catch seasons for two teams (Bears and Broncos), and he holds the top two spots in Bears history for receptions in a season with 118 in 2012 and 100 in 2013.
But despite all of Marshall's career accomplishments, the 6-foot-4 wideout has never appeared in a postseason game. Marshall hopes that changes in 2014, when the Bears return all 11 starters on an offense that ranked among the league's best last season under first-year coach Marc Trestman.