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Madden rates Marshall as top Bear

Jay Cutler is far and away the Chicago Bears' highest-paid player, averaging $18 million a season, but the quarterback didn't even crack the top 10 of Madden 15's player ratings.

Cutler's favorite target, Brandon Marshall, took that honor with a 96 overall rating when EA Sports revealed its AFC North and NFC North team and player ratings for the video game Saturday. Marshall, who ranks second overall among wide recievers, is followed by Matt Forte (95), Robbie Gould (93) and Alshon Jeffery (91).

Cutler slotted in 12th on the Bears with an 86.

The Bears as a team earned an 84, placing second in the NFC North behind the Green Bay Packers (88). The Lions (80) and Vikings (76) bring up the rear.

For a team whose 2013 rushing defense was the worst in franchise history, the Bears had several defense players place in the top 10.

1. WR Brandon Marshall  (96)

2. RB Matt Forte (95) 

3. K Robbie Gould (93) 

4. WR Alshon Jeffery (91) 

5. OL Matt Slauson (91)  

6. DE Lamarr Houston (89) 

7. CB Tim Jennings (88) 

8-11 (tie). TE Martellus Bennett, LB Lance Briggs, DE Jared Allen, CB Charles Tillman (87) 

The Bears' video-game version of Mr. Irrelevant is sixth-round rookie punter Pat O'Donnell, who had the lowest rating at 54.

plthompson@tribune.com

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