Mike Maccagnan apparently isn't afraid to make bold moves.
The first-year Jets general manager has agreed to trade for Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall pending a physical, sources confirmed Friday.
The trade cannot become official until 4 p.m. Tuesday, the start of the new league year.
According to NFL.com, the Jets are expected to give up a fifth-round pick for Marshall, who spent the past three seasons with the Bears.
With his arrival, the Jets are expected to part with receiver/returner Percy Harvin, who is owed $10.5 million this season. They have until March 19 to officially decide whether to keep Harvin. If they cut him, the pick they agreed to send Seattle under the terms of their trade last year will remain a sixth-rounder. If they keep Harvin, Maccagnan & Co. will have to send a fourth-round pick to the Seahawks.
Earlier this week, the Chicago Tribune reported that the Bears were exploring trade options for Marshall and that if no deal could be reached, the team would have released him before his $7.5-million base salary for 2015 became guaranteed Thursday. His contract with the Bears also calls for a $200,000 workout bonus in 2015.
By trading for him, the Jets ensured that they would be able to land the outspoken receiver before he hit the open market.
From 2007-13, Marshall ranked second in the league in catches (692) and receiving yards (8,741). He has scored 31 touchdowns the last three years and has gained more than 1,000 receiving yards in seven of his nine NFL seasons.
But his career has been marred by on- and off-the-field drama.
Last season, Marshall was critical of quarterback Jay Cutler and was involved in a locker-room incident with kicker Robbie Gould.
The Jets will be the fourth team for Marshall, who will turn 31 on March 23. A fourth-round pick of the Broncos in 2006, Marshall was dealt to the Dolphins in 2010 for two second-round picks after three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Miami traded him to the Bears in 2012 for two third-round picks.
The new Jets regime has lots of familiarity with Marshall. Head coach Todd Bowles was a Dolphins assistant and later an interim head coach while Marshall was in Miami during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. The Jets' new scouting director, Rex Hogan, spent 12 years with the Bears before joining the Jets.
Marshall is expected to be a key focal point in a Jets offense that currently features receivers Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley. Now that Marshall is New Jersey-bound, he will be even closer to the Showtime Studios where he co-hosted "Inside the NFL" last season.
He was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2011 and has become a mental health spokesman and advocate in recent years, donating thousands of dollars to help fund awareness programs.
The league fined Marshall $10,500 in 2013 for wearing green cleats (a violation of the NFL's uniform rules) during a Thursday Night Football game.
Now he will have the chance to don green on game days with the Jets.