BREAKING: Bears Announce Seven-Year Extension with Jay Cutler

JayHatAt a press conference happening right now, the Chicago Bears announced that they’ve settled the will-they-won’t-they question of the offseason already: the team has re-signed Jay Cutler to a seven-year deal, the terms of which will be fleshed out by Jay Rigdon in the coming days, I’m sure.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

102 responses to “BREAKING: Bears Announce Seven-Year Extension with Jay Cutler”

  1. jh03

    Thanks for posting this, Brett.

    I’m so relieved they did this so early. Couldn’t be happier.

  2. Satch Dobrey

    Please tell me this is a joke.

  3. jh03

    It’s also worth noting that they resigned Jennings and Slauson to 4-year deals.

    1. Toby

      I love that they resigned Slauson. OLine is going to be dominant the more they gel.

      1. frank

        Agreed–I thought it was very important to re-sign Slauson.

    2. jh03

      I should have put the ‘-’ in re-signed, huh? My bad.

      1. frank

        Not necessarily–it’s spelled both ways, but I think using the hyphen is just a bit clearer. I think everyone knew what you meant.

        1. jh03

          Yeah, I know you guys know what I meant. lol

    3. CubbiesOHCubbies

      I read that Jennings and slauson’s deals were through 2014, not for four years. Do you have a link that says the deals are 4 year deals?

      1. mjhurdle
        1. CubbiesOHCubbies

          Thanks. Its funny because I read two articles, both written on the ESPN website. The first said they were signed to new deals through the 2014 season, the second said it was a 4 year deal for both. I am so confused. Either way, I love the signings of all three. I would love for them to be able to convince Tillman to come back as a safety, but my gut tells me he is heading down to Tampa to rejoin Lovie.

          1. mjhurdle

            i understand the confusion. Even the ESPN ticker had it as “Bears sign Slauson and Jennings through 2014″

            I had to look it up because i wasn’t sure i liked them as 1 year deals :)

  4. mdavis

    the length surprised me a bit. but im guessing the guarenteed money will be paid out by year 4, and then its a year to year deal.; this is a good move. cutler’s potential in this offense with this talent is excellent. Slauson was great, you heard nothing about him which means he did his job. Jennings is solid, but probably means tillman gone.

    1. jh03

      The length is so long because it allows the Bears to spread out what he earns and it will reduce the cap hit.

      1. mdavis

        right, and its the NFL, length or total $ doesnt really matter. just that guarenteed money and when thats paid out. i like all 3 of these moves, emery works with conviction. good stuff

  5. DReese

    YESSSSSSSSSS

  6. Cubfan Budman

    Can Tillman be franchised?

    1. Patrick W.

      I don’t see any reason why he can’t be. It will be interesting to see where that tag goes if it goes anywhere though. Garza “might” be a possibility.

      I hope Jay will be talking about the upcoming free agents and their status.

      1. frank

        I don’t think there are any rules on who they may or may not franchise. If they do franchise Tillman, they’d have to give him the average of the top 5 salaries at his position though. That’d probably be about a $2.6 M bump up from where he is now. I’d assume they’d want to pay him a bit less with the injuries and his age though.

  7. james

    Why is Brett posting this article? Do your job Rigdon, huge morning for the Bears and you’re nowhere to be found. Probably still sleeping. Pathetic.

    1. Jon

      I would have to agree.

      1. jh03

        C’mon guys. He’s addressed this.

        “The final difference I’ll mention: I have a day job. Posts will still go up throughout the day during the week, but my availability to discuss/cover breaking news with the immediacy Brett has brought to the table will be limited, at least to start with. To combat this, I’ll be making a good faith effort to be available in the comments and on Twitter when I’m not at regular work.”

        http://www.bleachernation.com/bears/2013/12/01/letter-of-introduction/

        Don’t be jerks just for the sake of being a jerk.

        1. james

          So it’s ok for Rigdon to take the whole day off? Gives BN a bad name when stuff like this happens. I’m not being a jerk. Cutler getting this deal is the biggest story of the offseason for the Bears, and Rigdon is still nowhere to be found on any of this. Explain to me this: How is BNBears gonna take off if Rigdon isn’t available to do his job on this website? BN would’ve never even gotten off the ground if Brett was like that. It’s not acceptable. BNBears needs a new guy if Rigdon is gonna be limited like this.

          1. jh03

            Lol, he’s not taking a day off. He’s at work. I bet you anything that he’ll be right here posting and giving us all the details as soon as he’s off. I also would imagine it’s killing him that he’s not here.

            It took awhile before Brett could make BN his full time gig.. it’ll take awhile before this site takes precedence over Jay’s regular job too. That’s to be expected. He’s got to make a living.

            1. ssckelley

              I was not around in BN’s early days, but was this type of delays on big news common for Brett as well?

              I mean no disrespect to Jay or Brett but I agree with james in that it will be a struggle for this site to take off if Jay is unable to report things like this in a timely matter. I mean we are not talking about the signing of a Punter but a Quarterback. This is a huge story for the Chicago Bears.

              1. jh03

                The news was reported on BN, wasn’t it? Why does it matter who reported it?

                The BearsBN page is just starting.. You can’t expect Jay to go all in without knowing if he can make a job out of it, and you can’t expect Brett to pay him enough to make this his job. That’s just nuts.

                They both have bills to pay. I have faith that Brett and Jay know what they’re doing and know what it takes to make this site work better than any of us do. The news was reported. I don’t see the problem or why we should be bashing Jay? He’s at work.

                Now I have to spend today defending two different Jay’s :)

                1. ssckelley

                  I understand all of that, trust me I am sympathetic about this but that still does not change the fact that news like this needs to be reported in a timely fashion for this site to truly take off. Most people don’t care if Jay and Brett have bills to pay, if they are a Bears fan looking for a site to provide them with up to date blogs and stories then they will look right on by this one.

                  There is a much bigger audience out there to capture than just us Cub fans who are also Bear fans.

                  1. jh03

                    But it was reported on BN immediately? What’s your point? Brett posted it as soon as it happened.

                    1. ssckelley

                      I think I made my point pretty clear. People like you and I will still frequent this site, we were drown here from the Cubs side. But if this site is really going to take off we need the rest of the Bears fans coming here and it is going to take more than a 1 sentence article to draw them here.

                    2. jh03

                      I understand what you’re saying, I just think it’s unreasonable to expect Jay to stop what he’s doing at his day job to cover breaking news, at this point. Maybe someday, but not now.

                2. james

                  because BN isnt just about reporting news, i could go to ESPN or any major sports website for that. BN is about analyzing and breaking down the stories that are relevant to the team. And its been 5 hours since the deal was reported and we still dont have any analysis or reaction or anything.

                  1. jh03

                    That’s because Jay is at work. What do you want from him? He’s working.

                    99% of us understood this is how it would be at the beginning of this site. I don’t get why you thought you’d have instant analysis all the time.

                  2. Greenroom

                    Lighten up, Francis! Jay will get to it when he can. Yours and others comments blasting him are totally uncalled for. The BNBears just started. This is just petty bs

          2. Jay

            I’m incredibly honored to do this job, but it’s not full-time yet. Brett was kind enough to throw up this quick post to foster discussion, and I just posted my analysis here: http://www.bleachernation.com/bears/2014/01/02/two-important-questions-about-the-jay-cutler-deal/ which I wrote up as quickly as I could once I was free to do it. (As other commenters have noted, I do have another job. I was as upfront about that as possible.)

            It’s not an ideal situation in terms of my availability, but it’s what it has to be like for now. I very much appreciate the readership, but I don’t appreciate someone taking shots at my perceived effort. It’s a catch-22 situation for you; if you want a full-time Bleacher Nation Bears blogger, then continuing to support the site is the best thing you can do. Writing about sports full-time, and the Bears especially, would be a dream for me. So this is an incredible opportunity for me, and that’s why I’ve been more than happy to write approximately 2,000 words a day for the site, in what amounts to my spare time. I understand the limitations of the current situation, and I’ve tried to combat that by going deeper into topics, with longer posts, when I do have the time to do so. But I’m never going to be able to react as quickly as Brett does with Cubs news, or as a major media outlet would be able to. Not yet, anyway.

            1. jh03

              Thanks for everything you do, Jay.

              1. Jay

                Happy to do it. Thanks for your support.

                1. DarthHater

                  You’re doing a great job and have kept everyone well apprised of the current limitations of this site. Anyone who can’t deal with that should go start their own Bears blog and demonstrate how easy it is to be a huge success.

                2. Danny Ballgame

                  This new side of BN rocks and I am more than willing to wait for the kind of professional analysis that has and will be brought to the table in the future. Keep rocking Jay

                  1. Jay

                    Thanks, Danny. Very kind.

            2. ssckelley

              I apologize if you took my comments as shots at your effort, that was not my intentions at all. I enjoy the Cubs section and am hopeful this site takes off as well.

              1. Jay

                No, not so much yours specifically. I understand being somewhat disappointed with today’s situation; I was as well. But I can only do so much right now.

            3. mjhurdle

              Agreed with jh03,
              I personally think you are doing a great job Jay. Keep it up and it may become your full time job sooner rather than later :)

    2. Patrick W.

      Ridiculous. The free service that’s just launching using a part-time writer who has another full-time job has a post by another writer (the proprietor of the blog) and it gets crapped on? Please tell me this is sarcasm.

      1. mjhurdle

        agree, that post was uncalled for.

        Jay has been doing a great job so far, and it just shows how good Brett is as well that he is able to be on the ball for both Cubs and Bears breaking news.

        I heard about the deal and came hear to see what people were saying fully expecting to not have a post up on it yet due to Jay probably being at work, and instead find that Brett did his magic again and it is covered.

        Just reinforces why this is one of my favorite sites (for both Cubs and Bears info).

        Well done Brett.

        1. Mark

          Totally agree! Brett and Jay are doing great jobs!

        2. frank

          Agreed.

          1. james

            I’ll agree that Brett is the man. I don’t mean any disrespect to him. But it stuns me that the biggest news of the Bears offseason goes down in Cutler getting this deal, and there is no coverage whatsoever by Rigdon. BNBears will never go anywhere if this is what happens. That can’t even be argued.

            1. mjhurdle

              ” there is no coverage whatsoever by Rigdon. BNBears will never go anywhere if this is what happens. That can’t even be argued.”

              well, seeing as how the biggest news was covered by Brett, i think that BN Bears will be just fine. it was made clear from the start that the stories would be mentioned, but full analysis would not be as fast as the Cubs side because Jay has a job. That appears to be fine with everyone, except for the few people that get bent out of shape because the name next to the article is not the person they wanted it to be.
              Those people might (hopefully) get fed up and leave.

            2. Matt

              I’m sure the coverage will come tonight. I think you’re missing a few things here:

              1. This is an early, new site. It makes total sense for Brett to do this Bears focus in a “feeling out” fashion (and it’s gone great so far, but still). As such, it probably doesn’t make a ton of sense for Jay to just bank on this thing completely blowing up immediately and being like “quit my consistent job and dive into this Bears blog? I’m in!” I don’t know the history behind Bleacher Nation, but something tells me Brett first started doing this site part time before shifting it to full time.

              2. You can get all of the headlines and news bits from other sources. We (generally? probably?) come here for the analysis part, and there’s no reason not to wait on that.

              3. A little extra emphasis on waiting. We now live in a world with internet and Twitter, and thus instant gratification. Five years ago, we’d have been fine waiting a few hours for analysis. Fifteen years ago, we’d be fine waiting till we heard it on the radio or in the paper the next day. We can still wait a little longer now. Louis C.K. puts it really well in a bit called “Everything’s Amazing and Nobody’s Happy”. I highly recommend looking it up.

            3. hansman

              You’re seeing a new blog. New blogs do NOT have instantaneous reactions published to breaking news because their writers have jobs elsewhere.

              What makes these new blogs a success isn’t having constant breaking news and reactions, it’s finding a quality writer (check) who is committed (check) and who sticks at it for a long time (TBD but I am assuming check).

              Now, we have all gotten insanely spoiled by Brett; however, there was a time where he posted reactions to breaking news stories hours after they happened.

              If you want analysis of the latest breaking news the second it happens, sadly, Bears BN isn’t for you. If you can be patient for a few fucking hours, then Bearn BN is for you.

              Otherwise, you come across as a petulant child who is screaming they can’t watch My Little Pony the second they get home from school because Mom or Dad have to cook dinner.

      2. J. F. Edwards

        No kidding.

        I look forward to the day when commenters have to register on the Bears-side of the site, too ;)

      3. Greenroom

        Well stated, Patrick W..

  8. T

    Seven more years without a Superbowl then. Some say the potential for Cutler to be great is there. Oh wait, he is a 30- year old, seven-year veteran who was outplayed this year by a 34- year old journeyman quarterback.

    Potential at this point is meaningless. If the QB need tons of help at all the skill positions just so the team can miss the playoffs, then he is not a huge difference maker. At this point he is clearly a strong-armed, inconsistent QB with average accuracy who does not work hard enough on the small intricacies of the QB position. A true recipe for mediocrity.

    1. jh03

      I’d love to hear how this championship-less season was Cutler’s fault. Go ahead, tell me how Cutler could have made this team a champion.

      Fact is, this was the 2nd highest scoring offense in the NFL, with Cutler having the 8th best QBR in the NFL (despite the creditability of that stat, it still serves a purpose). The offense was championship caliber. Jay outplayed Rodgers last Sunday.

      Jay’s not the problem. Don’t like him? Fine. That’s okay. he’s still not the problem.

      1. jh03

        Wait, I may have misread his QBR ranking.. Jay can verify.

        Still, just saw on twitter from Matt Clapp that “Jay had PFF’s 10th-highest QB grade in 2013 (+13.5) and had their sixth-highest QB rating (91.47)”

        1. Jay

          No, I think you’re right. 8th overall.

      2. Fishin Phil

        Well, if Jay were a true champion, he would have offered to play both ways. If he could have been a run-stopper, we might have had a chance.

        ;)

        1. jh03

          That’s true.

          He clearly didn’t want to win as much as Rodgers did! I mean, we all know Rodgers fumbled that ball on purpose because he knew they’d score on it. He also threw those 2 INT’s because he wanted to show he “could win” at the end of the game. That’s what we need from Jay!

    2. frank

      Your points about inconsistency and a strong arm are well taken, but he has improved this year. I’d like to see him in the same system for more than one year. About being a “difference maker” — name one quarterback who didn’t have a lot of help at the skill positions and won a Super Bowl. Even Trent Dilfer’s Ravens had almost 2,000 rushing yards between Charles and Holmes, had Shannon Sharpe at TE, and the top ranked defense that year. And, if your definition of “outplayed” is a 3-2 record, and facing no top 10 defenses while losing to 2 last place teams, then he was outplayed. Don’t get me wrong–McCown did a great job as a backup, and I hope they sign him again.

  9. Funn Dave

    Wow. Well at least that’s one Chicago franchise that won’t be stringing its fans along this offseason….

    1. frank

      The Blackhawks have done pretty well in the recent past . . .

  10. Jon

    I love how the Bears aren’t settling for poor performances and making decisive action plans to address them. Beats “Team Theo” that likes to rest on the laurels of a 96 loss season.

    1. Eternal Pessimist

      I’m actually glad “team Theo” isn’t taking the “decisive action” of giving out bad contracts…like the excessive payday just given to Cutler for having a good (not great) year with perhaps the best available offensive tools collectively in the league. I’m pretty sure a lot of scrap heap QB’s could have had decent numbers with this offense and good QB’s should have great (top 4) years with the available tools.

  11. ssckelley

    I am glad they resigned Cutler, I was not looking forward to another QB carousal like they had before they traded for Cutler.

    But I would still like to see the Bears draft a QB.

    1. mdavis

      I think they can push this back a year or two. They need every pick they can get on that Defense. maybe if they wanted to use a 6th or 7th round pick on a guy with some upside. otherwise DL, S, CB are big needs.

    2. Jade

      Yes, the Bears need to draft a QB to groom. Maybe a 3-5 rd guy. Cutler WILL get hurt. He gets hurt every year even behind an improved line. Sadly, age and his diabetes don’t bode well for his future. Going back to the NFC Champion ship Cutler has missed time in 15 games.
      Whats the over/under for games missed the next 3 years? 16?
      I’m on the fence as to whether they should’ve resigned him. I see it as a 3-4 year deal. He’s to talented to walk but I think his health and attitude are suspect.
      My wife hates the guy. And is really upset they resigned him. She calls him Romo jr. “Its like if Romo had a little brother who wasn’t as good and was a jerk.”

      1. ssckelley

        There are some good QBs in this draft, might be the deepest we have seen in quite some time. But I hope they do not wait until the 3rd round to grab one. I know there are a lot of defensive holes to fill but the Bears have the makings of a high powered offense and Cutler has proven to be unreliable. IMO the back up QB position is one of the most important positions on this team.

        1. frank

          I’ve read that the quarterbacks in this class aren’t as good as was first thought.

          1. ssckelley

            Someone posted a mock draft of the top 5 picks during one of the bowl games (I forget which) and he had 3 of the first 5 picks being quarterbacks.

            If the Bears do wait until the 3rd round there is a chance Zach Mettenberger could drop that far. He has one heck of an arm but the injury may drop him on the draft boards. If the Bears pass on taking a QB until late then I hope they give Jordan Lynch a look.

            1. frank

              It’s possible that that’s more a reflection of need than of quality though. I keep thinking of 1999, when the 1st 3 picks were quarterbacks and 2 of them amounted to pretty much nothing.

              1. mdavis

                i think Lynch will be doing a position change. i think 5th round is the absolute earliest they would draft a QB.

              2. ssckelley

                True, everyone seems pretty confident that Houston uses their #1 on Bridgewater and most mocks I have seen have the Jags and Vikings taking QB’s. Obviously those are all teams with a “need” at QB.

                1. On The Farm

                  No need for ” “s. Those teams actually need QBs.

                  1. mdavis

                    Personally I think Bortles has higher upside than Bridgewater, but way more bust potential as well. I’m also a big fan of Carr. the pre-draft will be big in seperating the tiers of QBs for sure though.

      2. frank

        I think his attitude has improved though–one thing though–he doesn’t suffer fools kindly and the Bears have had a bunch of foolishness at OC before this year. Besides, what’s plan B? McCown? A great backup–but a 34 year old lifetime backup–and one who may even retire. And if they did let him walk and made a mistake drafting the next QB? That’d set the offense back 5 years (generally 3 years to figure out you made a mistake and 2 more to get the next guy going–if you didn’t make a mistake on him too). And why do that when you have the #2 scoring offense in the NFL? It looks as if most of this contract is paid out early anyway, so it may work out that way anyway.

        1. Eternal Pessimist

          McCown isn’t going to come back for one year at whatever he was paid (league minimum?) and not take advantage of the mini-payday he will get for the next 1-2 years (or more). I would rather give McCown 4-5 Million to be our 1-2 year starter and spread the other 13-14 million on defensive upgrades. Very disappointing day for the Bears.

  12. mdavis

    sounds like 7 years, $126 million, $54 mil guarenteed. most if not all paid out within the first 3 years. so basically…its a 3 year deal, with a year-to-year option after that. Its a good deal for all parties.

  13. T

    Jay outplayed Rodgers last Sunday.

    I agree. However, the Packers offense was pathetic when he was not in the game and they lost many games in which they should have won. When he came back they won even if he didnt have the best stats in the world. And winning is the only statistic that really matters. The exact opposite of what happened when Cutler returned to the Bears.

    Just received the book, “Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football by Rich Cohen. Very interesting read. Anyway, in it he describes why Jim McMahon was a great QB. No he didn’t have a great arm and did not have the best stats, but he had a winning attitude that infected the team, especially the offense. The team would just play better when he was on the field. And yes I know they had a dominant D.

    It seems to me that Cutler has the exact opposite attitude and effect on the team. When things go bad, or adversity strikes on offense (off sides, holding, getting sacked etc..) his demeanor changes and the team takes on a losing attitude.

    Now I know everyone will say that body language and demeanor don’t matter, but I would say that is ridiculous. Anyone who has played team sports knows exactly what I’m talking about. There is a feeling in the huddle or on the field in a baseball game when things can go one way or the other. This is when you look to your leader (QB, pitcher) to lead the team in a winning direction. It really all depends on how he reacts and his demeanor because the team will either start playing to win, or it will react in a way that says, “We cant do anything right and were going to lose this game, which always then seems to happen.

    People have compared Jay Cutler to Jeff George. While I agree with this assessment, he reminds me more of different Chicago athlete: Carlos Zambrano. No, he is not a complete hothead who throws tantrums when thing don’t go right. But when adversity strikes, as it always does in every sport, Zambrano, who like Cutler had all the potential in the world, would begin with the negative body language/attitude and the team would just collapse. An error would happen, he would give up one run and there would be a feeling that the team was going to lose no matter what. The players actually would start playing worse. The floodgates would open and the team would lose. It was a weird phenomenon that would play out throughout his career.

    I don’t like or dislike Jay Cutler. I don’t know him. All I know is that he is not a winner, which in the end, is all that matters.

    1. jh03

      Okay then, if you want to follow that narrative, with absolutely no proof, and say that Jay’s not a leader; What in Jay’s demeanor caused the loss on Sunday? What did Jay do that caused the defense not to pick up the fumble? Or caused Conte to miss the audible allowing Cobb to score?

      Last time I checked, football was a team sport. Cutler did his part this year and last Sunday. The defense didn’t. It’s really as simple as that.

    2. frank

      Well, the beat writers, the ones who are in the locker room every day, say that Cutler is well-liked by his teammates. It’s the national writers, the ones who spend no time with the team, who make a bigger deal out of those types of things than anyone who actually spends real time covering the team. Your analysis does not take into account games like the Washington game or the first Detroit game, that they would’ve won had the defense been merely bad instead of horrific, or games in which the Bears were behind and Cutler lead them to 4th quarter wins. In fact, that’s the opposite of what you have said happens. And the Packers offense was not always pathetic without Rodgers–in fact, Matt Flynn did fairly well.

    3. Jon

      What a bunch of nonsense you just posted.

    4. Jay

      How do you define “winner” in your opinion? He’s 39-28 as a Bears starter. Would you be fine giving this deal to Eli Manning or Joe Flacco, but not Cutler?

      1. Roland Perrelli

        To be fair both of those QB’s have won a Super Bowl.. Though your point is valid. Quarterbacks in general get too much credit and too much blame. This is a team sport and there are three facets to the game. To that point if the bears would have picked up that fumble and ran it back Rodgers would have been the goat not the hero….

  14. On The Farm

    My initial reactions to the signing:

    First and foremost this pushes back the need of drafting a QB this year. Might as well go out and sign McCown or some other back up to a one year deal considering Cutler is pretty well cemented in for the next four years. However, either the 2015 or 2016 draft they should look into a QB that they can groom. Even if they have to spend a first round pick on the QB (unless its a top of the first round pick). Then they can make the decision later into Cutler’s contract if they want to move in a different direction with a younger QB, and the Bears won’t need to rely on a rookie.

    A note for the 2014 season. How about throwing to Jeffery? I know Cutler didn’t exactly ignore him vs Green Bay, but to me when I watch Jay it seems like his first instinct is to loo for Marshall. Which is understandable. Marshall is a guy Cutler has a ton of familiarity and chemistry with. With Jeffery looking like he can be a top 10 WR, it would be foolish for Jay to not look his way a couple more times a game. I get its hard to spread the wealth around with Bennett, Marshall, and Forte all being good receiving options too, but 1-2 targets more per game for Jeffery can be more game changing than you would normally think. He is a playmaker through and through.

    I am not sure this is the move that will get the 2014 Bears to the playoffs, but I do know that this signing won’t hurt their chances. They need to do a lot of work reconfiguring that awful defense, and need some of their youngsters (looking at you McClelin) to emerge.

  15. T

    “Nonsense? The more value you have to a team the bigger the dropoff that should occur when you are not on the field. However, the exact opposite happened .

    Also, didn’t Jay Cutler say that it would take three years to really master this offense. Seriously??? It didn’t seem to take a journeyman backup that long to “master” the offense. Please see below. I guess this is what you call “nonsense”.

    Despite becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2013, on March 29, McCown signed a one-year deal with the Bears.[24] McCown played in the second half of week 7 against the Washington Redskins after Cutler hurt his groin in the first half.[25] McCown completed 14 of 20 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown to Martellus Bennett, but the Bears lost 45-41.[26] On November 4, McCown led the Bears to a victory over the rival Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football. McCown threw for 272 yards and 2 touchdowns en route to a 27-20 victory.[27] Cutler started the week ten game against the Detroit Lions, but was replaced by McCown on the final drive due to an ankle injury. McCown guided the Bears to a 74-yard touchdown drive, completing 6 of 9 passes for 62 yards and an 11-yard touchdown to Brandon Marshall. However, the Bears lost 21-19.[28] On November 11, Bears head coach Marc Trestman stated that Cutler is not expected to play the following week against the Baltimore Ravens, and McCown will most likely get the start.[29] McCown started his second game against the Ravens, completing 19 of 31 passes for 216 yards with one touchdown and a 92.9 passer rating in a 23-20 victory. In the last four games, McCown has thrown for 754 yards with five touchdowns, no interceptions and a 100.0 passer rating. From week 6 to week 12 in the 2013 NFL season, McCown had the highest passer rating of any quarterback in the league. McCown started week twelve against St. Louis.[30] Against St. Louis, McCown completed a franchise-record 36 passes for 352 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.[31] The next week against the Minnesota Vikings, McCown threw for a season-high 355 yards, completing 23 of 36 passes for two touchdowns and a 114.9 rating. In week 14 against the Dallas Cowboys, McCown threw for four touchdowns and ran for another while completing 27 of 36 passes for 348 yards and a career-high 141.9 passer rating en route to a 45-28 victory. McCown became the first Bears quarterback to score five touchdowns since Jack Concannon in 1972. McCown was eventually named NFC Player of the Week.[3

    1. Jay

      Sort of like when Aaron Rodgers sat for Week 17 a few years ago, and Matt Flynn threw for 480 and 6 touchdowns in a win over the Lions? (I get your point, McCown played very well, and if he were 24 and a prospect I think the Bears would have had a much tougher decision.)

  16. DarthHater

    Ahhh, It’s good to see that the BN Bears comment section is developing its own tradition of douchebaggery. That should increase traffic faster than anything else. :-P

    1. Funn Dave

      If you’re talking about T, I’d say that’s less douchebaggery and more a case of BN commenters not being able to handle a dissenting opinion.

      Also (and this is unrelated), for the record, I have no problem at all with Brett posting breaking news when Jay isn’t around. Like somebody says above, a few years ago it would have seemed absurd to expect instantaneous coverage (and it still does to me), much less to expect both Jay and Bretty to be 100% available 100% of the time.

      1. DarthHater

        Not at all. I was referring only to collective douchebaggery and, for that reason, was careful not to make my post a reply to any other existing thread. However, if anyone insists on thinking that I was referring specifically to them, all I can say is, “If the douche fits, bag it.” ;-)

  17. brian hubbard

    What a terrible contract for the Bears. There would be a good number for a Cutler contract (to provide the value the Bears need from him) at around $12 Million.

    Unfortunately many people who are happy with paying $18 Million are going to be wondering why the Bears were so cheap when spending on the defense, not realizing that that upgrade money is loaded into Cutler’s contract. Then, everyone will be bitching about how the defense keeps loosing them games.

    …and now, for some McCown love. Is McCown suddenly a great QB? No, but he showed how much money you could save on QB (to spend on other critical needs) when you have the offensive line, RB and receiver’s in place w/ superior talent. Terrible overspend!

    1. mdavis

      this is kinda far off. the Bears had the 2nd fewest amount of dollars committed. they have a lot of money off the books. You want a franchise QB, you need to pay for it. I believe Peppers is going to be cut, thats an extra $10 mil in cap space. They will have plenty of money for free agents, but good franchises build through the draft and thats what Emery will do. and I’m sorry, McCown had a great 4 game run…so we are discounting 11 years of mediocre quarterbacking then? He was out of football until the Bears brought him back. He’s a solid back up, but would be overexposed in a full season. There were at least 8 throws in the game against the packers that McCown cannot/will not make.

    2. ssckelley

      This makes no sense, you have a high powered offense and you want a backup journeyman quarterback to run it?

    3. hansman

      “…and now, for some McCown love. Is McCown suddenly a great QB? No, but he showed how much money you could save on QB (to spend on other critical needs) when you have the offensive line, RB and receiver’s in place w/ superior talent. Terrible overspend!”

      And when you get lucky enough to find a cheap player who is going to have a career year.

      9 times out of 10 a cheap-crappy QB is going to play like a cheap-crappy QB.

  18. Eternal Pessimist

    But you till need to replace Peppers when you cut him and big pass rushers aren’t cheap either. This is a simple matter of what value he adds specifically to the Bears. Bear have personnel on offense that can do the job if you just don’t screw up, but unlike a “franchise” QB, Cutler has the tendency to screw up.

    Some of my main complaints with Cutler:

    1. He can never sense the pass rush. Most franchise QB’s seem to have some sense of the rush and get rid of the ball on time/earlier, make better/earlier evasive moves, or just don’t let the ball get stripped due to unawareness
    2. Falls in love with Marshall (yeah, hopefully this man-love is behind him)
    3. Seems to throw the ball into the tips of the defensive players hands frequently (yes, we could credit that to the poor offensive line he has had for most of the years, but seems like most “franchise” QB’s have a better sense that that defensive arm is going to come up right at the release point of the throw. Never saw so many tipped balls from any other QB in the league.

    I don’t hate Cutler (despite his personality d/o), but this high contract is going to rob the defense of some potential pieces or upgrades that are sorely needed, and Cutler doesn’t add much more than McCown does with this current bears O. There may have been some other team in the league where Cutler was worth the 18 Mil.

    1. Eternal Pessimist

      Oops, tried to reply to mdavis.

      1. mdavis

        Dont necessarily disagree with you on these points. He sometimes does have trouble feeling the rush, but still wasn’t sacked much. credit to the o-line but also to him for getting rid of the rock.

        -yes, he does. but remember the days before we had Marshall, everyone was screaming for a #1. you’re suppose to throw him the pill. and i think it was a lot better this year, look at the balance., MBmarsh had 100 rec, Jeffrey 89, Forte 70ish, M Bennett 65, E Bennettt 40. So there was a lot of balance. And yes McCown seemed to throw to Jefrrey a bit more, but remeber his first record day was with Cutler.

        -as for the tipped balls, its 2 fold. lineman need to get those guys hands down, and if you’ll notice Cutler throws the ball with the nose down so it’ll come out with that trajectory, but this is essential in the cold windy days to spin it through the wind, so it also a benefit for him on those tough days.

        and for the salary cap, going into yesterday the bears had the 2nd lowest of committed dollars. They have plenty of cap space this year to go out and add some pieces, but the majority is going to be through the draft. Maybe a FA S and DL, but i think the rest is coming in April.

  19. T

    Not sure i understand the argument that there are throws that Cutler makes that McCown could not. Cutler often makes throws that Peyton Manning or Tom Brady probably could not make either. That does not make him a better QB than those guys though. Btw-I am not saying that Mccown is better than Peyton Manning or Tom Brady.:)

    1. mdavis

      really it comes down to arm talent. McCown himself even said there are throws that Cutler makes he wouldn’t even dream of. McCown is a lot quicker to the check down, and maybe some people prefer that. But with Cutler’s ability to squeeze the ball into tight spaces, it creates more opportunity for big plays and conversions, etc.

      That being said McCown had a hot streak. He’s a 34 yr old journeyman who was out of football by the time he was 30. He’s an excellent backup, and someone you want in the meeting room, but in no way would i want him to be the 16 game starter.

  20. Roland Perrelli

    I do not think we overpaid for Cutler that is the going rate for what is percieved as a Franchise QB. Now you may not agree that Jay is a Franchise QB but you do not make that decision. So you can either move and let it go or be frustrated about it. The GM and HeadCoach believe he is and that is that. Now I do hope that they retain McCown at a reasonable rate 2 to 3 million a year. They make a good team and are both friends so no Jealosy between Jay and Cade.

    1. Danny Ballgame

      Agreed. By year three it will look even better as the $25 million dollar QB become commonplace

  21. Jon

    I hope as many teams as possible reach on QB’s in the top 10, only good for the Bears.

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