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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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Jay Cutler confirmed he's more advanced in second-year coach Marc Trestman's offense this season.
"This is only the second or third time I've been in an offense multiple years," Cutler said. "Talent-wise and being in the system, all that adds up. Hopefully we stay healthy and see where this goes." Cutler expects to play faster now that he's acclimated and will have more flexibility at the line of scrimmage. He was on pace for a career-high 31 touchdowns last year, but missed five games to injury. Signed to a seven-year, $126 million extension in January, Cutler is owed $54 million guaranteed over the next three seasons. Jul 11 - 8:18 PM

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Bears QB coach Matt Cavanaugh said he's seen "incredible progress" from Jay Cutler this offseason.

"When we got in here last year and evaluated him we had a real good conversation about certain things that every quarterback should do," Cavanaugh said. "He's taken every suggestion and embraced it. Every little fundamental we’ve talked about, and it’s like night and day." Entering his second year in Marc Trestman's offense, Cutler is primed to break out provided he stays healthy. Virtually his entire supporting cast is returning, and Marquess Wilson is a talent upgrade on outgoing slot man Earl Bennett. Cutler is a mid-round QB1 pick in fantasy drafts.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 28 - 3:49 PM

Coach Marc Trestman says Jay Cutler is "bigger, he's stronger than a year ago."

"Jay has really worked hard in the offseason, and he has always been a hard worker in his conditioning and his training, but he has really amped it up," Trestman continued. Cutler is going to be a 2014 value pick. If we combine his and Josh McCown's numbers from 2013, they would have been fantasy's No. 5 quarterback. Cutler has one of the best supporting casts and an ultra-friendly system under Trestman. The main concern, as always with Cutler, is durability.
Jun 10 - 2:34 PM

The Bears have converted $5 million of Jay Cutler's 2014 base salary into a "signing" bonus, creating $4 million in cap room.

The Bears just signed Cutler to a seven-year, $126.7 million contract on January 2, so the fact that they're already having to restructure could be considered a small reason for concern. His base salary dropped from $22.5 million to $17.5 million, and Cutler "loses" no money in the "new" deal. The Bears will likely use the salary cap savings to get their incoming rookie class signed.
Mar 24 - 5:38 PM

The Bears can cut Jay Cutler three seasons into his new seven-year deal with no cap hit.

Everyone that freaked out over the length of Cutler's deal can breathe now. He got no signing bonus, only guaranteed base salaries of $22.5M in 2014, $15.5M in 2015 and $16M in 2016 for a total of $54 million guaranteed. It's only a three-year, $54 million commitment. If the Bears want to move on in 2017 when Cutler turns 34, they'll be able to do so with no strings attached.
Source: USA Today
Jan 6 - 12:49 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Jay Cutler's seven-year deal is worth $126 million, and includes $54 million guaranteed.

It's a (slightly) smaller overall haul than Aaron Rodgers got last April, but the exact same amount of guaranteed money. It's a ton of cash for an increasingly injury-prone player who's going on 31, but the price of doing business for teams interested in quarterback stability. Cutler's career numbers aren't worthy of so much money, but the Bears would have faced extremely long odds of finding an upgrade. It's not a surprising deal.
Jan 2 - 2:29 PM

Bears re-signed QB Jay Cutler to a seven-year contract.

The Bears weren't going to let Cutler twist in the wind as he careened toward free agency in March. Now, at least on paper, they have their strong-armed franchise quarterback locked up through 2020, his age-37 season. In reality, they'll likely be able to get out cheaply after the first three seasons of the deal -- which will reportedly average $18 million per year. It's still a bold move from GM Phil Emery, as Cutler has been to the playoffs just once in his eight-year career and has a mediocre 56-48 career regular season record. But in his first year under quarterback whisperer Marc Trestman, Cutler posted five-year highs in passer rating (89.2), yards per game (238.3) and completion percentage (63.1). There's still reason to believe he can become elite and the Bears have moved their chips to the middle to bet on it.
Jan 2 - 10:35 AM

Impending free agent Jay Cutler expects to find "equal ground" with the Bears in contract talks.

"I don't know when it's going to happen," Cutler admitted. "And eventually it might not happen. But we're going to take a crack at it, I'm sure. ... You never know how it's going to go." Cutler's ambivalence could be taken as a sign that the sides are indeed planning a divorce, but it's likely neither party yet knows how things will turn out. It's extremely rare for franchise-caliber quarterbacks to simply walk in free agency. We doubt Cutler will be the exception.
Tue, Dec 31, 2013 05:43:00 PM

Jay Cutler completed 15-of-24 passes for 226 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Chicago's 33-28, Week 17 loss to the Packers.

And with that, so ends the Bears' season, and perhaps Cutler's time in Chicago. Cutler finishes his injury-marred 2013 with 2,621 yards and a 19:12 TD:INT ratio across 355 passes. It was a highly uneven campaign where Cutler was out-played by backup Josh McCown, but we'd still be extremely surprised if the Bears let Cutler walk in free agency. Head man Marc Trestman can clearly coach up quarterbacks, but the Bears better have a bang up back-up plan if they're prepared to move on from Cutler without the franchise tag or an extension. We'd guess Cutler is back in the Windy City next season.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 07:51:00 PM

Coach Marc Trestman confirmed the Bears will start Jay Cutler in Week 17.

Cutler was not sharp in the 54-11 loss at Philadelphia on Sunday night, completing just 57.1 percent of his passes for 222 yards with one touchdown and one interception. But he had zero protection, getting sacked five times and taking a ton of hits. Trestman has already proven that he's going to ride or die with Cutler as he sat down a white-hot Josh McCown for Week 15. The Bears will face the Packers with the NFC North title and a playoff berth on the line in Week 17.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 10:19:00 AM

Jay Cutler completed 20-of-35 passes for 222 yards, one touchdown, and an interception in Sunday night's Week 16 loss to the Eagles.

Cutler struggled to move the Bears offense and took seven sacks before being rested late in the fourth quarter. His touchdown came on a back-shoulder throw to Brandon Marshall from six yards out. Cutler threw a brutal pick-six to Brandon Boykin against a soft zone defense on his final drive before being removed. Josh McCown completed 2-of-4 passes for 20 yards in spot duty. With the loss, the Bears will play the Packers in a winner-take-all game in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 11:36:00 PM

Speaking Thursday, Bears coach Marc Trestman "left the door open" to potentially resting players in Sunday night's game depending on the results of the Lions and Packers games.

Although that's likely sending a chill down every Jay Cutler owner's spine, that would require not only the Packers to lose, but Eli Manning and the Giants to defeat Ndamukong Suh and the Lions on the road. It's not going to happen. Start Cutler, Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall as you normally would.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 03:54:00 PM

Jay Cutler said following Sunday's win that he emerged from the game "in good physical condition."

Cutler made a mostly-sparkling return from a high ankle sprain to drop 265 passing yards, three touchdowns, and two picks on the Browns. He was "cleated once" in the game, but looked as mobile as ever and made several big-time throws downfield. He's going to be a QB1 in Week 16 against Philadelphia.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 05:49:00 PM

Jay Cutler completed 22-of-31 passes for 265 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's 38-31 Week 15 win at Cleveland.

Making his first appearance since Week 10, a rusty Cutler started off the game by sailing throws high and getting picked off twice (one was returned for a touchdown). But he settled in after halftime, peppering Brandon Marshall with targets and giving Alshon Jeffery chances to do what he does on jump balls. When the dust settled, Cutler had his second three-touchdown game of the season and will take plenty of confidence into a plus matchup at Philadelphia in Week 16. The ankle was not issue, leaving Cutler back in his customary mid-range QB1 spot. Josh McCown can be dropped across the board.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 04:16:00 PM

Jay Cutler (ankle) is active and starting Sunday's Week 15 game against the Browns, as expected.

Cutler takes his starting job back from the white hot Josh McCown. He's a low-end QB1 in a middling matchup at Cleveland, where weather and wind could be an issue. There are no surprises in the Bears inactives: LB Lance Briggs, QB Jordan Palmer, S Sean Cattouse, DT Christian Tupou, OL James Brown, OL Jonathan Scott and DE Cornelius Washington.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 11:52:00 AM