LAKE FOREST, IL — The Chicago Bears signed wide receiver Timon Marshall to a three-year contract today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Marshall spent the last five seasons in arena football leagues, including the last three in the AFL for the Grand Rapids Rampage, leading the league in 2006 with a team record 2,374 all-purpose yards. The Ottawa University (KS) alum became the first player in AFL history to record 1,300 receiving and return yards in the same season after a 2006 campaign in which he caught 102 receptions for 1,324 yards and 19 TDs with 70 kick returns for 1,316 yards and 1 score. The two-way player added 39 tackles with 3 INTs and 5 pass breakups while also returning 2 missed field goals for 59 yards last season.
This season before joining the Bears, Marshall led the AFL with 83 kick returns for 1,901 yards and 6 touchdowns. He added 1,134 receiving yards on 102 catches with 27 TDs and ranked seventh in the league with 35 touchdowns (2 TDs rushing). Before joining Grand Rapids, Marshall spent two seasons (2003-2004) in the AF2 (Arena Football League 2).