Jay Cutler will be a Chicago Bear in 2014.
There are so many reasons why he should be and too few why he shouldn’t be.
Cutler holds a 38-26 record since landing in the windy city in 2009. He has one of the best arms in the league if not the best.
He met with head coach Marc Trestman for a lunch that lasted two hours right before the Bears inked the new coach to a four-year deal in January.
The two met a couple more times after that, but during that meeting they never even touched their lunch, instead choosing to discuss mainly football.
I find it very hard to believe that a general manager would let his starting quarterback meet with a head coach candidate, play heavily into the picking process and just let him go after one season together.
Phil Emery is no dummy. He clearly has turned this team around for the better. The talent is tremendous especially when the defense is fully healthy.
But with all that being said, why wouldn’t the 30-year-old Cutler accept a possible four-year, $32 million deal with the Bears this off-season, giving him roughly eight million per season.
Cutler signed a five-year, $50 million deal in Oct. 2009, which earned him $20 million guaranteed, $10 million that season and around $7.5 million annually the last four seasons (2010-13).
The Bears have already dispelled the idea of using the franchise tag on Cutler because it would cost the Bears in the range of $16 million for the season.
A source close to Jason Cole over at the National Football Post had this to say about the Bears’ quarterback situation.
“(The Bears) believe in (coach Marc) Trestman after what they’ve seen from (backup quarterback Josh) McCown,” the source said. “Between his system and the two big receivers (Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery), you have a system where a quarterback can flourish. I don’t know if McCown is going to be the starter (next season), but I think the team would be fine letting Cutler test the market and then go draft someone if he left.”
Ian Rapoport believes the Bears could part ways with Cutler because they don’t want to pay him like a “franchise quarterback.” A move to Tennessee was mentioned as a possible landing spot.
I think both of these “reports” are bogus.
Cutler loves Chicago. Trestman has backed Cutler repeatedly and clearly likes what he brings the table. Why would Cutler want to go elsewhere with this amazing talent around him?
The two are meant for each other. They both love football and our passionate about doing something special together here in Chicago.
Why not sign Cutler to a deal like mentioned above and re-sign McCown to back him up?
Cutler won’t demand more than $8-9 million a year and I don’t think any other team will give him much more than that, even though he’ll be the top free agent QB this upcoming off-season.
Honestly, why risk letting him walk to start a soon to be 35-year-old McCown, who will be playing in front of a likely rookie backup.
Then if McCown goes down, the Bears are in huge trouble.
The safe and smart play is to bring both Cutler and McCown back. They both have talent and they both fit this offense very nicely.
The offense will only get better in time. Look at what they’ve been able to do in the first year of Trestman’s scheme. It’s very impressive.
The Bears’ offense ranks first in scoring in the NFC with 368 points and second in the league behind only the Broncos (515).
Cutler said in the off-season that it typically takes a team three years to fully learn the ins-and-outs of an entire NFL offense.
“Jay is as good with his ability to throw the football as I’ve coached,” Trestman said about Cutler after becoming the new Bears head coach this off-season. “He can make all the throws.”
Trestman is “optimistic” that Cutler will start on Sunday in Cleveland against the Browns. McCown was named the NFC offensive player of the week and is clearly understanding serving of his role as the backup.
“In my opinion, he should be the guy, he should be the starting quarterback for the Bears,” Urlacher said. “Even if Jay Cutler’s healthy. You can’t take a guy who’s this hot out of the football game. If I was on that team, I would have a hard time with them taking him out. … He’s making all the right decisions and the football’s going where it’s supposed to go in that offense.”
Urlacher may have a point because McCown became the first Bears quarterback to total five touchdowns in one game since Jack Concannon in 1972. McCown the is only Bears signal-caller to total five touchdowns and zero interceptions in a game since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger .
But Cutler is the guy who will lead you to the Super Bowl. McCown can only take you so far.
Cutler has the arm and all the tools to help the Bears get to the promise land. He has matured into a true vocal leader on offense and he was playing much more sound football this season under Trestman.
With the exception of the Week Two win over Minnesota (two interceptions, fumble) and the Week Four loss against Detroit (three interceptions, fumble), Cutler had been playing pretty darn well.
I agree with Trestman’s decision to go with Cutler if he is 100 percent healthy.I think Cutler is the future of this team especially with Trestman in town.
The Bears will do the right thing this off-season by signing Cutler back. No doubt.
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