CHICAGO -- Brandon Marshall says he is all about transparency, which means speaking openly and honestly about his concern over his next contract.
"That is part of the business, to be honest with you ... but I have another year on my contract," the Bears wide receiver told the Chicago Tribune during an event Tuesday at Trump Tower to promote mental health awareness. "I would love to retire a Bear. If that happens, that would be a dream come true. I am not going to say I don't think about (the contract). Yeah, I think about it.
"But I know my value; the team knows my value. Right now we're just trying to win. If we do that, everything falls into place."
Marshall has created headlines recently over his desire to catch more passes as the Bears have dropped two straight games heading into Thursday night's visit from the Giants at Soldier Field.
Marshall is being paid a base salary of $9.1 million with a workout bonus of $200,000. Several key players on the Bears are on the last year of their contracts, but general manager Phil Emery has said he does not plan to discuss extending deals until after the season.
"That's just the business side of things," Marshall said. "It's just the plan our organization has in place. As a player, I am trying to put myself in those guys' shoes who have one year left. I can see how it can be tough. (But) you have to be a pro and conduct yourself at a high level.
"Next year it is going to be interesting to see how we bounce back as a team with so many moving pieces."
Marshall also talked about his desire to build a stronger relationship with coach Marc Trestman.
"But at Halas Hall, it's all about football. So, yeah, we can have little conversations here and there, but when you're at work, all we are talking about is football. It's tough to build genuine relationships inside that building. Now, with your teammates it's a little different because you get together and do things together ... so relationships form.
"But with coaches, it's kind of difficult because if we're not winning, if it's not about football, we probably won't be there. So, yes, he is a people person, but it's tough to really go that deep because it's always about football."
Marshall said he knows forming a closer bond will take some time.
"That's going to happen and there's going to be time for it," he said. "Possibly after we win a Super Bowl and we have some down time. ... He does come off as a person who you can build a relationship with that would be genuine."
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