Bears trade Brandon Marshall to Jets for 5th-round pick

The Chicago Bears have traded wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the New York Jets for a fifth-round pick, per NFL Network's Albert Breer.

Battling ankle injuries for much of the season, Marshall had a disappointing 2014 season with 61 receptions for 721 yards, both of which were his lowest totals since his rookie campaign, and eight touchdowns.

Before last season, however, Marshall had seven consecutive seasons with 1,000-plus yards.

During that seven-year span, he exceeded 1,200 yards five times and 100 receptions five times as well. Marshall's five 100-catch seasons is tied for the most in NFL history with Andre Johnson, who should be traded or released this offseason, and Wes Welker.

With better health, Marshall, who turns 31 later this month, should have a bounce-back season as the Jets' No. 1 receiver even if the offense and quarterback situation is a dropoff from what he had in Chicago.

Perhaps Geno Smith will be under center in 2015, but I have the Jets selecting Oregon's Marcus Mariota in my latest 2015 NFL mock draft update.

The trade for Marshall likely guarantees the release of Percy Harvin before March 19th. If Harvin is on the roster on March 19th, the Jets will have to send a fourth-round pick (instead of a sixth-rounder) to the Seahawks as compensation for last year's trade.