Justin Blackmon to Chicago - yay or nay?

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    Last November he received an indefinite suspension for again violating the league's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. He will be eligible to apply for reinstatement prior to the 2014 season.

    Now Jacksonville's GM announced that it was unlikely that Blackmon would join the team for the 2014 season. They will probably release him in the following months.

    I know he's a real trouble maker and not mature at all, but would you guys give him a shot? He's still young, he's got potential and having him as #3 would be a steal. Marshall has maybe 2-3 years left, then it's time for AJ and Wilson. Jay would have another weapon to throw to.

    Thoughts?
     
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    naynaynaynaaaaaaaa
     
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    I think with any player like that you need to be certain his problems are behind him and that he's changed his lifestyle. Two things tell me it's way too soon for that. One is that Jax already seems ready to have given up on a guy who was once a top draft pick and two he can APPLY for reinstatement but that doesn't mean he'll get it.

    We got lucky with Marshall but his issues were caused by a psychological illness not substance abuse. We caught lightning in a bottle once but it's not something you want to try every time a deal like this comes around. So my answer for now is I'd pass.
     
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    It would certainly be interesting to have him train here at "Club Marshall" to see how he would do. What would have to be given up for him? If Blackmon could be reformed the WR position here would truly be staggering.
     
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    I'd have to pass. If we were hurting for good WRs then maybe I'd consider it.
     
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    If he can clean up his act completely, why not, but for some reason I see him ending up in a Patriots uniform....
     
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    Can you trust him?

    If you can't trust him off the field how can you trust him on the field?
     
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    I say nay but I do not know Blackmon in any facet of my life besides what I read other people saying about him. If Emery made the move I would assume they've done a tremendous amount of research on his character and find him to be worth taking a chance on. If he did sign I would assume Stein would create a deal where the Bears are off the hook if they cut him and he has to work to show he can be an asset to the team.. on and off the field. On top of that I assume the contract would be full of clauses that take away from his pay if he becomes a nuisance and shows no signs of growth in his character.

    Marshall, Jeffery, and Blackmon would be a nasty trio but I'm quite happy with Marshall, Jeffery, and the prospect of Wilson stepping up. If it happened, I would be cautiously optimistic.. but I do not foresee this happening.
     
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    If we dump Morgan, Hixon and Weems I'm up for giving him a shot. Low risk/High reward

    Could Trestman, Marshall and Jefferys turn him around? The kid is only 23
     
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    Good point. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong here but isn't this his second suspension for substance abuse and he's only been in the league for two years? That pretty damn bad juju for a top ten pick and it shows a whole lot of arrogance and disrespect for his team and teammates. He's just not a Bears type of player at this point in time. Not even enough to take a gamble on.
     
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