Bears quarterback Jay Cutler cast his support for new and former teammate Brandon Marshall on Wednesday.
In an interview with ESPN 1000, Cutler said Marshall was "bummed" about the news of his involvement in an incident at a New York City night club early Monday morning.
"Let's not judge him quite yet," Cutler said on the Waddle & Silvy show. "I know he has a checkered past and Brandon is the first one to stand up and admit to that. 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."
Cutler said his "sole mission" will be to keep Marshall out of nightclubs in the early hours.
"He doesn't really go to the clubs at 4 am., 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."
Cutler said new general manager Phil Emery is a "detail guy" and that he couldn't imagine him approving of the trade, if he suspected there were serious problems.
"I find it very hard to believe he'd pull the trigger on this knowing that something wrong happened and Brandon was at fault," Cutler said.
Cutler said he will personally do what he can to help Marshall stay out of trouble.
"That's not a problem with Brandon right now. He's matured. He wants to do the right thing. It's just a shame that his past still haunts him, but that's what happens, everyone makes mistakes," Cutler told ESPN 1000. "Brandon is still learning from them and growing, and like I said, we have a heck of a guy, a heck of a player and I think Phil made quite a splash on Day 1 (of free agency)."