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Jay Cutler | Quarterback

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/29/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 220
College: Vanderbilt
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Speaking Thursday, Jay Cutler said he hopes to remain with the Bears beyond 2014, but admitted that it's "definitely" crossed his mind that he may have played his final game in Chicago.
Admitting he was disappointed by the first benching of his football-playing career, Cutler was realistic about his future in the Windy City. Cutler's seven-year, $126.7 million deal will get labeled as impossible to trade, but that's not necessarily true in a league so starved for quarterback talent. It will only take one team to believe it has what it takes to jump-start Cutler's career. Releasing Cutler isn't a realistic option for the Bears, as they'd absorb $19 million in dead money. Cutler is due a fully guaranteed $15.5 million in 2015. Dec 18 - 3:29 PM

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Speaking Thursday, Bears coach Marc Trestman left the door open for benched QB Jay Cutler to start in Week 17.

"This is for this week," Trestman said. "We're not going any farther than our preparation for Detroit." Trestman is clearly trying to keep Cutler's spirits up, but barring a total face-plant from Jimmy Clausen, we'd expect Cutler to remain on the pine for Week 17. Trestman went on to say he believed Cutler could be "revived" from the benching, hinting he's expected to remain the team's quarterback in 2015. That's probably an honest belief, but it's unlikely to be Trestman's decision to make. Clausen doesn't give the Bears a better chance to win than Cutler, but leading the league in turnovers and regressing on a weekly basis, Cutler has little room to complain about being benched.
Dec 18 - 3:05 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bears will start Jimmy Clausen over Jay Cutler in Week 16 against the Lions.

The Bears are benching Cutler just 14 starts into his seven-year, $127 million extension. Per NFL Network's Mike Silver, coach Marc Trestman felt he could no longer start Cutler "simply to justify a contract" when his on-field play was so poor. Cutler regressed in his second season in Trestman's offense, leading the NFL in turnovers (24). Owed a fully guaranteed $15.5 million next year, the Bears' only option is to trade Cutler this offseason if they want to move on from him. Chicago would absorb $19 million in dead money by releasing Cutler before 2016.
Dec 17 - 6:41 PM

Jay Cutler completed 17-of-31 passes for 194 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions in the Bears' 31-15, Week 15 loss to the Saints on Monday night.

The matchup couldn't have been much better for Cutler, but he predictably went all DGAF on us and took seven sacks, missed open receivers, and turned the ball over another three times. Both of his touchdowns came late in the fourth quarter. He hooked up with Marquess Wilson for a one-yard score to bring the score to 24-8, and then found Alshon Jeffery for the garbagiest of garbage-time touchdowns from seven yards out with 30 ticks left on the clock. Cutler leads the NFL in turnovers and gets to face the Lions' tough defense in Week 16. He managed 280 yards and a 2:2 TD:INT ratio against Detroit on Thanksgiving, but this Bears team has lied down since then.
Dec 15 - 11:42 PM

Bears OC Aaron Kromer admitted to the team on Monday that he was an anonymous source in a recent NFL Network report criticizing Jay Cutler.

That would be Ian Rapoport's "serious buyer's remorse" report, though a "tearful" Kromer "adamantly denied" making the buyer's remorse comments. Whatever Kromer did or didn't exactly say, it's a stunning admission, and indicative of Raiders/Redskins-level dysfunction in Chicago. It's appearing less and less likely that coach Marc Trestman is going to keep his job. Not only has his defense collapsed, but his once-prolific offense has bordered on unwatchable many times over the past 5-6 weeks. Kromer's unprofessional act is going to earn him sideways glances the next time he's looking for a job.
Dec 12 - 12:50 AM

Speaking Monday, Bears coach Marc Trestman insisted the team has "never wavered" on Jay Cutler as its starting quarterback.

Trestman's endorsement comes one day after NFL Network reported the Bears were having "serious buyer's remorse" after giving Cutler a seven-year, $126.7 million deal in January. Cutler is on pace for 4,241 yards, and a new career-best 32 scores, but his play has gone in the gutter during the second half of the season. The majority of his numbers have been amassed in garbage time, with Cutler mostly limited to dinking and dunking with games still in doubt. Cutler turns 32 in April.
Dec 8 - 1:07 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bears have "serious buyer's remorse" after re-signing Jay Cutler to a seven-year, $126.7 million contract last January.

Per Rapoport, there is doubt inside the organization that they can win with Cutler and the Bears briefly considered benching him in the Week 12 win over the Bucs. There's nothing Chicago can really do with Cutler this offseason except trade him. They'd eat $19 million in dead money by releasing him before 2016. Cutler leads the league in turnovers and has the 5-8 Bears in last place in the NFC North. We'd bet somebody would trade for Cutler if the Bears are serious about dumping him.
Dec 7 - 9:43 AM

Jay Cutler completed 32-of-46 passes for 341 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the Bears' 41-28, Week 14 loss to the Cowboys, adding a rushing score.

As has become a theme for Cutler this season, the box score is extremely deceiving, as he racked up the vast majority of his yards after the Bears fell behind 35-7 in the third quarter. The Bears again came out with a rotten game plan, dialing up Cutler passes in predictable situation after predictable situation. Fantasy owners will undoubtedly take the garbage-time points, but that's not an easy way to make a living. Cutler will be a shaky QB1 for next week's matchup with the Saints, especially since Brandon Marshall's (ribs) status is uncertain.
Dec 4 - 11:49 PM

Jay Cutler completed 31-of-49 passes for 280 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Chicago's 34-17, Week 13 loss to the Lions.

Cutler got off to a hot start, tossing both of his scores in the first quarter, but couldn't sustain it as the Bears tried to dink and dunk against the Lions' fearsome defense. Any sack or penalty essentially killed a Bears drive this afternoon. Cutler's first pick was to a tightly-covered Brandon Marshall, and should have never left his hand. Cutler was literally fading away off his back foot. His second was a pointless, desperation heave as time expired on the Bears' latest dispiriting loss. Cutler is not the main problem for a Bears team that's far-too often out-competed, but he hasn't been helping, either. He'll be a borderline QB1 against the Cowboys next Thursday.
Nov 27 - 3:59 PM

Jay Cutler completed 17-of-27 passes for 130 yards and one touchdown Week 12 against the Buccaneers.

Cutler and the Bears offense struggled mightily in the first half, but three Buccaneer turnovers in the third quarter allowed Chicago to put up 21 quick points. The Bears took the air out of the ball following the turnovers, and Cutler only attempted nine passes total in the second half. Cutler will be a borderline QB1 against the Lions on Thanksgiving day.
Nov 23 - 4:26 PM

Jay Cutler completed 31-of-43 passes for 330 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Bears' Week 11 win over the Vikings.

He added 21 yards on five scrambles. Cutler made an insane throw on the run and under heavy pressure to Alshon Jeffery for his 27-yard TD, and hit Brandon Marshall on a 44-yard scoring bomb late in the second quarter. Cutler's third touchdown was good to Marshall, again, from four yards out in the final frame. Cutler's interceptions were both terribly thrown balls, but his flashes of brilliance heavily outweighed the negative in this game. Cutler is back to locked-in QB1 value entering a Week 12 cupcake against the Buccaneers.
Nov 16 - 4:59 PM

Speaking Monday, Bears coach Marc Trestman didn't entertain the notion that Jay Cutler should be benched, but said he's "got to play better."

Trestman pointedly mentioned that Cutler checked out of multiple runs into passes on the Bears' first possession in their embarrassing 55-14 loss to the Packers. The idea that Cutler should be benched for Jimmy Clausen is obviously absurd, but Cutler's 10 picks are tied for second in the NFL. He's also lost five fumbles. For Week 11, Cutler gets a Vikings defense allowing the third fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Nov 10 - 3:08 PM

Jay Cutler completed 22-of-37 passes for 272 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in Sunday night's loss to the Packers.

He also lost a fumble and took three sacks. Cutler managed to throw a 45-yard touchdown to Brandon Marshall in the third quarter, but it was another concerning start. His first interception came on a pass thrown behind TE Martellus Bennett, and he later threw a pick-six to Packers CB Casey Hayward. Cutler will be just a back-end QB1 against the Vikings in Week 11.
Nov 10 - 12:13 AM

In ten meetings with Packers DC Dom Capers' defense since becoming a Bear, Jay Cutler has combined to complete 164-of-295 throws (55.6 percent) for 2,000 yards (6.78 YPA) with 12 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.

Although the numbers have improved slightly since Marc Trestman took over as Bears coach, it's an alarming trend in such a big sample size, and particularly worrisome as Cutler heads to Lambeau for a road game with weather concerns. Bears-Packers has a lofty 53.5-point over-under -- so perhaps a shootout is in store -- but Green Bay's fantasy defense is worth a look if you need a Week 10 streamer. Find more stats and analysis like this in Evan Silva's fantasy football Matchups column, accessible at the link below.
Nov 8 - 10:10 AM

Jay Cutler completed 20-of-30 passes for 227 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in Chicago's 51-23, Week 8 loss to the Patriots.

He also lost a fumble, one the Pats housed to go up 38-7 just before halftime. It was an inept display, with two of Cutler's three scores coming deep into garbage time. The Pats had lockdown coverage, but Cutler couldn't fit passes into tight windows while the game was still in doubt. Cutler's pick was a first-half hail mary, but he was lucky to escape with only one, as another was undone by illegal contact. If there's a silver lining, it's that the three-touchdown day was Cutler's first since Week 2, but it obviously comes with an asterisk. Cutler gets the Packers at Lambeau Field in Week 10.
Oct 26 - 4:24 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Jimmy Clausen
2Jay Cutler
3David Fales
RB1Matt Forte
2Ka'Deem Carey
3Senorise Perry
GLB1Matt Forte
2Ka'Deem Carey
3RB1Matt Forte
2Ka'Deem Carey
FB1Montell Owens
WR11Alshon Jeffery
2Chris Williams
3Marc Mariani
WR21Marquess Wilson
2Josh Morgan
3Josh Bellamy
WR31Josh Morgan
TE1Martellus Bennett
2Dante Rosario
3Blake Annen
K1Robbie Gould
2Jay Feely