The women seated around the table with Brandon Marshall on Monday morning clapped as the Bears receiver pulled out two sheets of paper that were clipped together. ABC talk show "The View" normally features almost anything -- except breaking sports news -- but Marshall is one to break the mold. And if Whoopi Goldberg had never witnessed an NFL player sign a contract, that was about to change.
The three-year, $30 million extension Marshall signed on camera rewards his consecutive Pro Bowl nominations in each of his first two seasons with the team. More accurately, though, it's the Bears' investment in his future production.
Several examples of receivers excelling at 30 and older support the Bears' faith in Marshall, who turned 30 in March and has had three hip surgeries.
During the last 20 years, a receiver at least 30 has had at least 1,200 receiving yards and at least eight touchdowns 28 times, according to profootball-reference.com. The names on the list range from household status -- Jerry Rice, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens -- to lesser-known -- Brett Perriman, Joe Horn and Joey Galloway.
If Marshall joins that group, the Bears will get their money's worth from the extension, which includes $23 million guaranteed, a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed.
Marshall is under contract for $9.3 million for the 2014 season -- $9.1 million in base salary and a $200,000 workout bonus. So that positions him to earn $39.3 million from the Bears over the next four seasons.
Neither Marshall nor general manager Phil Emery commented after Marshall signed. But earlier Monday, Emery indicated how he values Marshall's initiative in hosting teammates for workouts and fellowship in South Florida earlier this offseason.
"He is healthy," Emery said on WSCR-AM 670. "He feels great. We have a really good relationship. He gets along very well with his teammates. Obviously, the things he did during the offseason to show leadership and to help pull the team together, they mean a lot; they mean a lot to our other players. It just shows the quality of person he is."
In two seasons since joining the Bears via trade in 2012, Marshall has 218 receptions, 2,803 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns.
He will try to become the seventh receiver since 2009 to be selected to the Pro Bowl after turning 30. Here's a closer look at that group:
Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals (2013 season): He made his seventh consecutive Pro Bowl at 30 as an injury replacement. His 954 receiving yards marked his second straight season under 1,000, but he had 10 touchdown receptions for the first time since 2009. He battled hamstring problems early in the year but didn't miss a game.
Andre Johnson, Texans (2012, 2013): A hamstring injury limited Johnson to seven games in 2011, the year he turned 30, but he hasn't slowed down despite quarterback problems in Houston. He and Marshall are two of six receivers who have made the Pro Bowl in the last two seasons.
Chad Ochocinco, Bengals (2009): In hindsight, his 2008 season at age 30 was the beginning of the end. But his 2009 output -- 72 catches, 1,047 yards, nine touchdowns -- was a commendable last gasp. He lasted two more seasons but obviously had slowed down.
Steve Smith, Panthers (2011): Smith was 32 when he made the most recent of his five career Pro Bowls. That year -- quarterback Cam Newton's first in the NFL -- the 5-foot-9, 185-pound dynamo had 1,394 receiving yards, his third-best single-season total. He had 1,174 the following season but only 745 at age 34 last season.
Reggie Wayne, Colts (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012): Catching passes from Peyton Manning seemingly would help anyone's longevity, as it did with Marvin Harrison in the 2000s. Wayne has made the Pro Bowl in four of six seasons since turning 30, including in 2012 with rookie quarterback Andrew Luck. A torn ACL last season at age 35 limited him to seven games, but he was on pace for more than 1,100 yards.
Wes Welker, Patriots (2011, 2012): As Manning did for Wayne, Tom Brady did for Welker. Welker averaged 120 receptions in Pro Bowl seasons at age 30 and 31. Welker tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee during the 2009 season finale but made the Pro Bowl in each of the three ensuing seasons.
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