Jay Cutler touts Brandon Marshall
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said Wednesday he couldn't be more excited about reuniting with receiver Brandon Marshall, and Cutler said he's confident Marshall will stay out of trouble, despite being accused of hitting a woman in a New York City nightclub over the weekend.
"I talked to Brandon yesterday, and I think he was bummed about it, the perception and everything, of him getting to Chicago and that being over his head," Cutler said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "Let's not judge him quite yet.
"I know he has a checkered past and Brandon is the first one to stand up and admit to that. But I know deep down he's a good guy. He made some mistakes, but going forward I see nothing but bright things for the guy."
Cutler said his "sole mission" will be to keep Marshall out of nightclubs at 4 a.m.
"He doesn't really go to the clubs at 4 a.m. I don't know how this stuff happens to him," Cutler said. "It just does sometimes.
"He'll be fine. I'm fully confident in saying that."
The Bears released a statement saying they knew about the incident before trading two third-round draft picks to the Miami Dolphins for Marshall, but a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the Bears didn't know the exact details or that Marshall was being investigated by the police.
"If there's one thing we know about (new GM) Phil Emery, he's a detail guy and is going to get to the bottom of every situation," Cutler said. "I find it very hard to believe he'd pull the trigger on this knowing that something wrong happened and Brandon was at fault."
Cutler was asked if he knew any details of the incident.
"I've got a good idea," he said. "Obviously I wasn't there, but like I said, it's all going to play out.
"I'm super excited to get him. It's unfortunate that this came out when it did. We don't want to paint a bad picture of Brandon Marshall. Does he have a record of stuff in the past? Absolutely, but I know him as a person, not only as a player, and he truly is a good guy. We got a good teammate and we got a heck of a player."
Cutler and Marshall enjoyed two statistically successful seasons with the Denver Broncos, during which Marshall caught more than 100 passes for more than 1,200 yards in 2007 and '08.
After Cutler was traded to the Bears before the '09 season, Marshall seemed to grow increasingly despondent in Denver. He once was filmed during practice kicking a football instead of running with his teammates. He vowed he wasn't trying to force a trade, but he later was dealt to the Dolphins.
He was involved in an incident last April during which he was stabbed in the abdomen by his wife, who claimed it was in self-defense. She was arrested, but charges were later dropped.
Marshall admitted in August that he was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.
Cutler said Bears fans should be confident Marshall will not be involved in any incidents that will keep him off the field.
"I have no doubt in my mind," Cutler said. "We've remained close, we're going to get even closer now that he's back with us as a Bear. I'm going to keep every eye I have on him, making sure he's doing the right thing.
"That's not a problem with Brandon right now. He's matured. He wants to do the right thing. It's just a shame that his past still haunts him, but that's what happens, everyone makes mistakes. Brandon is still learning from them and growing, and like I said, we have a heck of a guy, a heck of a player and I think Phil made quite a splash on Day 1 (of free agency)."