It looks like Jay Cutler‘s time with the Chicago Bears is coming to an end.
According to ESPN.com, the Bears are currently trying to trade the veteran quarterback.
Other sources have said that Cutler was notified of this sometime in January.
Cutler does have four years left on his deal worth $74 million dollard, but none of that money is guaranteed. Meaning the Bears can cut ties with him for nothing. There isn’t a no-trade clause in his contract either. If the Bears find the right partner Cutler will be shipped out of town.
What can the Bears get in return for him?
That’s a very good question. Most insiders believe a 5th or 6th round pick would get it done. Personally, I think a 5th round pick is pretty high for a 30 plus-year-old quarterback, who has had struggled to stay on the field throughout his career. The Bears would be ecstatic to get anything in return for Cutler.
When it’s all said and done, the Bears best option may be cutting him.
Even if Cutler is traded there is no guarantee that he will play next season. The same ESPN report stated that Cutler could choose to sit out or retire. Cutler’s family is firmly entrenched in the Chicago-land area, and a trade out of town at this point in his career may force him to retire.
When the Bears traded for Cutler in April of 2009 hopes were high. Finally, the Bears had a young and talented quarterback. That hope was destroyed by many losses to the Green Bay Packers, injuries, and interceptions. Still, Cutler did a lot of good in his tenure with the Bears.
He threw for 154 touchdowns and 109 interceptions with the Bears. Cutler didn’t always have the best pieces around him either. He made the most of what he had.
His most memorable moment in the windy city will be the 2010 NFC Championship game. Cutler took himself out of the game after suffered a knee injury, which later was diagnosed as an MCL tear. Since then many experts and fans have questioned his toughness.
Cutler played very bad at times with the Bears, but to question his toughness is just downright laughable. Tom Waddle made that very clear last week on ESPN’s First Take.
No. Cutler did not become the quarterback the city and fans of Chicago expected to him to be. He was either really good or really bad and that’s why his time in a Bears’ uniform has come to an end.
For the right team, I think Cutler can contribute something beneficial and even win some games. Some teams that jump out at me right away are the San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills.
Where Cutler ends up depends on a lot on the future of Tony Romo and Jimmy Garoppolo. As predicted, this offseason is going to be a busy one for Ryan Pace and his staff. Many decisions have to be made. However, one seems to have been made already.