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Todd Bowles could have his hands full with Brandon Marshall

The Chicago Bears' Brandon Marshall sits on the

The Chicago Bears' Brandon Marshall sits on the bench in the second half of a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Seattle. Credit: AP / Stephen Brashear

Brandon Marshall -- and his baggage -- soon will be Todd Bowles' responsibility.

There's a gamble with every roster move made in and around free agency, but the Jets' decision to trade a fifth-round pick to the Bears in exchange for Marshall potentially comes with even greater risks.

His football skills are undeniable. His passion for the game is unquestioned. But Marshall has been labeled everything from a malcontent to a head case. And if you're inclined to believe everything you read, his antics make Santonio Holmes look tame in comparison.

Marshall's act and his outspokenness wore thin after three seasons in Chicago, paving the way for his departure. And, as in the case of the 2014 Jets and Percy Harvin -- another controversial receiver they traded for to boost their offense -- Bowles and his staff will have to make sure the 6-4, 230-pound Marshall doesn't become a divisive force in the locker room.

More importantly, they have to ensure that his checkered history is a thing of the past.

Marshall's run-ins with the law date back almost a decade. In 2009, he was arrested after being involved in a fight with his then-fiancee, Michi, now his wife. Two years later, Michi stabbed him in the stomach during a domestic-violence incident, according to police. Shortly thereafter, Marshall was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

His criticisms of his teammates also helped create a wedge between him and management.

Marshall was overheard shouting his frustrations at teammates last season, including kicker Robbie Gould, after their Week 7 home loss to the Dolphins. And when he addressed reporters in his postgame news conference, Marshall made it clear that their offense's production and their 3-4 record were "unacceptable."

He also didn't mince words when it came to his former quarterback, Jay Cutler.

Though he credited Cutler as "more than capable of getting it done" during a December radio appearance, Marshall conceded that no one could fault the Bears' front office for regretting the quarterback's seven-year, $126-million deal.

"As a businessman, I would have buyer's remorse too," Marshall said at the time.

According to reports out of Chicago, the relationship between the two became strained as the season wore on.

Now, just imagine what Marshall might be tempted to say about Geno Smith, the Jets' young incumbent.

While he shouldn't be considered a me-first player, Marshall demands plenty of catches on game day. Cutler averaged 37 pass attempts per game last season. Smith averaged 26.

Marshall also expects his quarterback to be able to deliver the football. Smith, however, has had accuracy issues during the past two seasons. He's 11-18 as a starter with a 57.5 completion percentage, 25 touchdown passes and 34 interceptions. His propensity for turnovers cost the Jets several games, and even his former quarterbacks coach, David Lee, admitted as much shortly after joining the Bills' staff.

So if the new Jets regime entrusts Smith with the starting job, they'll need to be certain that he'll be improved in 2015.

Marshall, who's guaranteed a $7.5-million base salary this season, is expected to jump-start the Jets' stagnant offense, which finished last in passing yards per game (184.1). He has gained more than 1,000 receiving yards in seven of his nine NFL seasons and ranked second in the league in catches (692) and receiving yards (8,741) from 2007-13.

The Jets will be the fourth team for Marshall, who has yet to make the playoffs. And if they struggle this season, it'll be interesting to see if Bowles will be able to keep the peace with him.

Marshall did rehabilitate his image as an out-of-control hothead during his time in Chicago, and his advocacy of mental health awareness took center stage.

Bowles has a reputation for being a no-nonsense guy but also a players' coach. Plus, he formed a bond with Marshall during their time together with the Dolphins. So maybe this can work.

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