Brandon Marshall will be Jay Cutler's main target this season for a Bears team that has been searching for a big-name wide receiver for years.
CHICAGO — Less than a day after the Bears traded for Brandon Marshall, the Pro Bowl receiver has been accused in yet another off-field incident.
New York City police say a woman has filed a complaint alleging Marshall punched her in the face at a nightclub over the weekend. Marshall has not been charged in the incident, which the woman says occurred at 3:50 a.m. Sunday outside the Marquee in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.
Marshall was traded from the Miami Dolphins to the Bears on Tuesday for two third-round draft picks. Both teams said Wednesday that they knew about the alleged incident before the trade.
“Both the Bears and Dolphins were aware of what occurred over the weekend,” Chicago general manager Phil Emery said. “We decided to move forward with the trade. We have high expectations for Brandon as a Bear.”
In a statement that Fox Sports reporter Jay Glazer posted on Twitter, Marshall’s attorney, Harvey Steinberg, said a fight broke out that did not involve his client or his friends. He said Marshall’s wife was struck in the face by a thrown bottle and “suffered serious injury” as they were leaving the club. He said Marshall’s wife was taken to a hospital and that Marshall “is hoping to assist authorities in regards to this matter.”
Steinberg and agent Kennard McGuire did not return calls for comment. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in an e-mail the incident “will be reviewed like any other matter of this nature.”
The trade for Marshall was the first big move by Emery, who replaced the fired Jerry Angelo, and it gave Jay Cutler the go-to receiver he’s been seeking since he arrived from the Broncos three years ago. That it reunited him with one of his top targets in Denver was an added bonus.
Cutler made it clear on Twitter that he was happy with the move: “Told you we could get that (hash)15 out of storage. Getting the band back together! Good to have (hash)15 back.”
Marshall made the Pro Bowl for the third time last year, when he had 81 catches for 1,214 yards and six scores. But he also dropped at least four potential touchdown catches and failed to end his career-long playoff drought.
He also has a history of off-the-field problems.
Last year, Marshall’s wife was arrested after he was stabbed in the abdomen during a domestic dispute. Charges were later dropped.
Marshall also was involved in a 2007 fight in Denver that led to the drive-by slaying of the Broncos’ Darrent Williams.
Last July, Marshall disclosed he was diagnosed earlier in the year with borderline personality disorder, which stems from such things as a negative self-image and a fear of failure. Then, at midseason, he said efforts to keep his emotions on an even keel have hurt his play, and before a Monday night game he claimed his goal was to get ejected before halftime.
Marshall sparred with quarterback Chad Henne during his first season with the Dolphins, but he seemed popular in the locker room last year.
Chiefs sign free-agent RB Peyton Hillis
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs signed running back Peyton Hillis on Wednesday, giving the team a formidable duo in the ground game with Jamaal Charles.
It could also serve as a fresh start for Hillis, who had a drama- and injury-filled second season in Cleveland after rushing for 1,177 yards in 2010.
Terms of the deal weren’t immediately disclosed.
Hillis won a nationwide fan vote to be the cover figure for “Madden NFL 12” last offseason, but then rushed for just 587 yards.
He sat out last Sept. 25 against Miami with a bout of strep throat, an incident that didn’t sit well with some teammates. He also missed a treatment for his ailing hamstring when he left during a work week to get married. Hillis also has changed agents multiple times in the last year.
“Things didn’t work in my favor this year,” Hillis said in December. “There’s a few things that happened this year that made me believe in curses. Ain’t no doubt about it.”
With the Chiefs, Hillis will be reunited with Brian Daboll, his former offensive coordinator in Cleveland who is now in the same position in Kansas City.
Hillis has played fullback and tailback during his career, the type of versatility that made him attractive to the Chiefs. His bulldozing style also will help complement Charles and the speedy Dexter McCluster in the backfield.
Hillis also could carry the load as the lead rusher if Charles isn’t fully recovered from a knee injury that sidelined him for the season after Week 2.
Kansas City needed to sign another rusher after allowing running backs Thomas Jones and Jackie Battle, and fullback Le’Ron McClain to become free agents this week.
Hillis, a seventh-round pick out of Arkansas in 2008, also played two seasons with Denver. He originally started at fullback, but became the No. 1 ballcarrier — and a fan favorite — as a rookie when several of the Broncos’ running backs landed on injured reserve.
After not being used much by then-Broncos coach Josh McDaniels in 2009, Hillis was traded to Cleveland for two draft picks and quarterback Brady Quinn. He was slated to be the Browns’ starting fullback, but again took over the featured role because of injuries and ran for 1,000 yards for the first time.
Hillis has rushed for 2,161 yards and 20 touchdowns in four seasons, and has caught 101 passes for 805 yards and three scores.