The Bears quarterback says Marshall will stay out of trouble in Chicago, despite reports that the mercurial wideout was allegedly involved in a melee outside a New York club early Sunday in which he struck a woman in the eye. The story is troubling, but Cutler is calling for patience.
"I talked to Brandon yesterday, and I think he was bummed about it, the perception and everything, of him getting to Chicago and that being over his head," Cutler told "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "Let's not judge him quite yet."
"I know he has a checkered past, and Brandon is the first one to stand up and admit to that," Cutler said. "But I know deep down he's a good guy. He made some mistakes, but going forward I see nothing but bright things for the guy."
The acquisition has tacked another item on Cutler's to-do list: Keep Marshall away from Chicago's ample nightlife.
"He doesn't really go to the clubs at 4 a.m., I don't know how this stuff happens to him," Cutler said. "It just does sometimes. He'll be fine. I'm fully confident in saying that."
Tender early moments between a reunited quarterback and his star receiver, and a trade for the Bears that will be judged harshly if Marshall's off-the-field escapades aren't kept at bay.