The Miami Dolphins have traded Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears, reuniting him with Jay Cutler, his former Broncos quarterback.
The move, which was first reported by Fox Sports, has been confirmed by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The trade, which was made on the eve of free agency's start, brings the Dolphins two third-round picks according to Fox.
It also clears $11,350,000 off the salary cap from the team's books, bringing Miami's cap space to roughly $20 million.
Marshall caught 81 passes, throwing for 1,214 yards and six touchdowns last season, becoming a Pro Bowler for the fourth times in his career.
Marshall, a former University of Central Florida standout, spent the first three years of his NFL career playing with Cutler. The pair set a number of Broncos and NFL record together.
The deal awaits league approval, and the passing of a physical.
The Dolphins traded a 2010 and 2011 second-round pick to Denver to Marshall, whom the organization sized to a five-year, $47.5 million contract. However, most of Marshall's money was paid in bonuses and guarantees, which makes his cap hit manageable.
Miami still has Davone Bess, Brian Hartline, Clyde Gates, Roberto Wallace and Marlon Moore under contract, but Marshall was the only weapon on the team that demanded regular help from safeties.
However, the free agent market is filled with talented receivers like Vincent Jackson, Mike Wallace, Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon and Robert Meachum.
In response to the move, Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush wrote on Twitter , " Hate to see my boy B Marshall go. That's the league for you, one day your hear next day your gone. Chicago is getting one hell of a player!"
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