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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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Coach John Fox confirmed Jay Cutler will open OTAs as the Bears' starter.
"I would say logically if you are looking at the depth chart and asking me two weeks before we can get anything going, I'd say [Cutler would be] first on the depth chart," Fox said. The Bears' starting job is Cutler's to lose, and he faces little in the way of competition. Jimmy Clausen projects as Cutler's backup. Mar 27 - 6:35 PM

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New Bears coach John Fox suspects Jay Cutler's 2014 performance collapsed due to a lack of confidence.

"To build that back up, it’s going to take time, daily," Fox said. "It takes trust, like any relationship." Fox plans to field a "strong running game" to support Cutler, using the Cowboys as an example. "Football-wise, there are things you can do in coaching to minimize some of the exposure," Fox said. "Playing defense. Playing complementary football is going to be something that helps. I liken it a little bit, not being critical, to Tony Romo. ... I thought he had one of his better seasons a year ago with that same kind of build-up. With success comes confidence."
Mar 25 - 8:01 PM

Bears GM Ryan Pace announced Wednesday that the team is "moving forward with Jay Cutler" at quarterback.

"We've made that decision," said rookie GM Pace. "We're moving forward with Jay Cutler as our starting quarterback." The Bears didn't really have an alternative. Cutler's contract essentially ties him to the club for the next two seasons, and the free agent QB market was barren. At No. 7 overall, the Bears aren't believed to be positioned to draft Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota. Reports out of Chicago suggest the Bears plan to scale back Cutler's responsibilities in the offense, limiting his ability to audible amongst other things. Although Cutler's raw talent has always made him intriguing, we can't say we expect this to end well.
Mar 11 - 3:17 PM

Various sources tell CSN Chicago that the Bears plan to "take some things away" from Jay Cutler in 2015, and "shrink the game for him."

Realizing there's no trade market for Cutler, the Bears are shifting their focus toward how to limit his mistakes. Cutler was a disastrous audibler in 2014, and giving him less freedom at the line of scrimmage would seem to be an easy way to cut down on his "rogue" tendencies. It's easier said than done, of course. Regardless of Cutler's receptiveness to the idea of less freedom, that's what he's going to get under conservative coach John Fox. It's for the best.
Source: CSN Chicago
Mar 10 - 12:03 PM

Sources tell ESPN's Chris Mortensen the Bears fully expect Jay Cutler to be their quarterback in 2015.

Following an ugly implosion under pass-game guru Marc Trestman last year, new coach John Fox and GM Ryan Pace have been publicly noncommittal on Cutler's status. Mortensen's source claims there's "absolutely no truth" to recent reports the big-armed quarterback is being shopped for a trade and added he will not be released. In fact, new offensive coordinator Adam Gase has been developing a playbook that will accentuate Cutler's strengths. Note that $10 million of Cutler's $16 million 2016 salary becomes guaranteed if he's on the roster as of Thursday at 4pm ET. This all sounds nice, but it's very possible the Bears had no options with Cutler due to his salary, questionable leadership skills and bloated salary. There were no takers.
Mar 10 - 7:15 AM

One NFL source told the Chicago Tribune the Titans are "the only realistic destination" for the Bears to trade Jay Cutler.

Yet beat writer Brad Biggs admits "that could be a long shot." Tennessee has been thrown around as a trade partner because of Cutler's Vanderbilt roots and the Titans' unresolved quarterback situation, but there have been no signs that the Titans have legitimate interest. The most likely endgame remains Cutler spending 2015 -- and probably 2016, as well -- in Chicago.
Mar 6 - 11:34 PM

ESPN New York's Rich Cimini reports the Jets have "no interest" in Jay Cutler.

Jets fans have apparently tried connecting dots after New York traded for onetime Cutler pal Brandon Marshall, but Cutler and Marshall's relationship soured in 2014, and the Jets likely have no interest in taking on Cutler's contract. Although the Bears remain open to dealing Cutler, New York won't be his destination. Geno Smith is the Jets' likely 2015 starter.
Mar 6 - 8:32 PM's Ian Rapoport reports "teams certainly know" that Jay Cutler is available via trade.

With $10 million of Cutler's 2016 salary set to become guaranteed on Tuesday — Cutler's $15.5 million for 2015 is already locked in — the Bears are seeing if there's anyone willing to take on a quarterback who was benched for Jimmy Clausen last season. It's not completely outside the realm of a possibility — this is a league where Josh McCown will be starting in Week 1 — but it's a hope and a prayer for a team clearly tired of Cutler's act. Our guess is that the Bears won't be able to eat Cutler's 2015 salary whilst simultaneously leaving themselves without a quarterback, and will roll the dice on Smokin' Jay for the next two years.
Mar 5 - 9:47 PM's Ian Rapoport confirms $10 million of Jay Cutler's 2016 salary becomes guaranteed if he remains on the Bears' roster through next Tuesday.

It puts the Bears in an almost impossible position. They'll have no 2015 quarterback if they decide to cut Cutler loose, but committing to Cutler for 2016 following his disappointing 2014 would be madness. Then again, the Bears don't really have a choice. Cutler's $15.5 million 2015 salary is already guaranteed. Few players will be more on the spot in 2015.
Mar 5 - 7:34 PM

ESPN Bears reporter Michael C. Wright reports $10 million of Jay Cutler's 2016 base salary becomes guaranteed if he's on the Bears' roster next Tuesday.

As Wright puts it, the Bears would be committing to Cutler, not only for 2015, but also for 2016 if they decide to keep him. To this point, neither coach John Fox nor GM Ryan Pace has come out and publicly backed Cutler as the team's quarterback. All the two have said is that they planned to sit down with Cutler in the coming weeks. The Bears really don't have any better options than Cutler.
Mar 4 - 10:33 AM

"At least ten" former members of the Lovie Smith and Marc Trestman coaching staffs told ESPN Chicago the Bears "can't consistently compete for championships" with Jay Cutler as the quarterback.

Two Bears teammates also said they consider Cutler "a divisive figure with whom they'd rather not continue to play." Beat writer Michael C. Wright still expects the Bears to give Cutler "one last shot," something his contract almost requires they do. It's no secret Cutler essentially sabotaged Trestman's offense, refusing to operate within the confines of the system. When asked about his willingness to adhere to any offensive structure, several ex-Bears coaches used the terms "renegade" and "rogue" to describe Cutler's play.
Mar 3 - 1:13 PM

Coach John Fox and GM Ryan Pace were both noncommittal Wednesday when asked about Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall's futures with the Bears.

"I don't think there's any question there's ability and talent there," Fox said of Cutler. "But there's a lot more that goes into it." Fox and Pace also both hinted at reservations about Marshall's participation on HBO's in-season Inside the NFL show, with Pace stating "football needs to be the No. 1 priority." Combined with the NFL's quarterback shortage, Cutler's contract still makes it likely the Bears retain him. Marshall's future is less assured because the Bears could save cap dollars by moving on. It sounds like the Bears haven't made final decisions on either player. Marshall would be more likely to get the boot.
Feb 18 - 11:22 AM

Jay Cutler has a "strong, personal relationship" with new QBs coach Dowell Loggains, and Cutler lobbied for the Bears to hire Loggains when Lovie Smith was still head coach.

The Bears' hire of Loggains under new coach John Fox suggests the team intends to keep Cutler for 2015, despite speculation Cutler could be traded. It's believed Loggains won't be "afraid to challenge Cutler, which the quarterback welcomes." A former Titans assistant, Loggains reportedly "pushed hard" for Tennessee to draft Cutler over Vince Young in 2006. Almost all signs point to Cutler remaining the Bears' quarterback in 2015.
Jan 25 - 5:11 PM

New coach John Fox declined to comment on whether he believes Jay Cutler will be a Bear in 2015.

Speaking at his introductory press conference, Fox could have come out and said Cutler is his guy. Instead, he waffled. Cutler melted down badly in 2015, even with passing-game guru Marc Trestman at the controls. It culminated in him getting benched in favor of Jimmy Clausen. Cutler's $15.5M guaranteed salary makes him both difficult to cut and difficult to trade, but arm talent like his is unique. "I'm looking forward to getting to know Jay," Fox said.
Jan 19 - 12:21 PM

Jay Cutler completed 23-of-36 passes for 172 yards and 39 rushing yards in the Bears' Week 17 loss to Minnesota.

And so ends arguably the most disappointing year of Cutler's career, one that saw him benched for Jimmy Clausen late in the season. Cutler "regained" his starting job for Week 17 only because Clausen suffered a Week 16 concussion. Cutler was solid in fantasy -- his TD-to-INT ratio was 28:18 with a completion rate of 66.0 -- but his on-field performance left much to be desired, failing to properly execute Marc Trestman's offense and racking up a ton of production in garbage time. Cutler's 2015 base salary is $15.5 million, all of which is guaranteed. Although there has already been much speculation regarding Cutler's next-season whereabouts, no decisions will be made until the Bears decide on a new corps of decision makers. Ultimately, we suspect Cutler will stay in Chicago because he is very difficult to trade, and would create far too big a cap hit to release.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 04:05:00 PM