Bears Sign WR Timon Marshall

The Bears had nine wide receivers participating on Monday at OTAs in Lake Forest, but now it appears that Wednesday's practice will include one more. Timon Marshall, a five-year veteran of multiple arena leagues, is the newest Midway Monster after signing a three-year deal on Tuesday. Marshall has played offense, defense, and been a standout return man during his arena career.

Per the Chicago Bears:

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).

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