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Cutler talks “hometown discount” to keep Bears competitive

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Bears quarterback Jay Cutler went from joking about winning the lottery to saying the Bears didn’t have to play him Powerball money.

Cutler said during his weekly radio show on ESPN 1000 that he’d consider taking a “hometown discount” to remain with the Bears.

Cutler has a year left (at $8.47 million) on his current deal.

I’m not gonna try to break the bank,” Cutler said, via Michael Wright of ESPNChicago.com.

Co-host Tom Waddle suggested the veteran minimum, when Cutler said “What kind of discount we talkin’?”

Waddle said: “50 percent off.”

“Ah, c’mon,” Cutler said with a laugh. “We can talk like 5 or 10 [percent off], but 50? This isn’t a going-out-of-business sale.”

When things turned more serious, Cutler said it was important to him to leave the Bears with flexibility to bring in more players.

“I want to be on a successful team, and I know that paying one or two or three players premium [salaries] hurts your chances of being able to bring in extra talent,” Cutler said. “So when we get there, we’ll figure it out. . . .

“You get to a point in your career I think it’s not even about money. You’re secure. You want to win Super Bowls.”

The two sides haven’t started talking about a new deal, but Cutler knows he made things more difficult for his agent.

“I don’t think I should even be saying stuff like this. I’m killing myself right now,” Cutler said. “I’m breaking the bank. Let’s go back; rewind. Bus [Cook] is gonna text me [saying], ‘What are you doing right now?'”

For all the attention paid to his previous pouting and trantrums, Cutler has flourished this year with wide receiver Brandon Marshall. While he may not be everyone’s cup of tea, in Chicago, it seems to be working, and he seems to realize he can extend that if he chooses.

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37 Responses to “Cutler talks “hometown discount” to keep Bears competitive”
  1. jimmysee says: Dec 4, 2012 2:57 PM

    The more I see of this guy the more I like him.

    Bear down Bears!

  2. gtorlone says: Dec 4, 2012 2:58 PM

    Hmmm… I don’t think Kristin Cavallari would be a fan of these kinds of discounts.

  3. seanje says: Dec 4, 2012 3:03 PM

    Someone send this to Stafford. ASAP.

  4. chi01town says: Dec 4, 2012 3:09 PM

    Cutler is right because he cant spend all the money he has right now. so the plan is to get some more help an make the team better
    because Chicago is one or two games away from the Superbowl right now

  5. jluns275 says: Dec 4, 2012 3:12 PM

    Hmmmm.

    Pretty quiet here.

    Where are all the haters who have spouted off about how selfish Jay Cutler is?

    He likely just cost himself (& his agent) millions of $’s for that gesture.

    Maybe he really is a team guy after all.

  6. matckeeper says: Dec 4, 2012 3:13 PM

    As a Packer fan it is fun, and sometimes very easy to poke a little at Cutler and his ‘interesting’ attributes.

    That said, I actually think he is probably an okay enough guy. Maybe a little too moody for the cameras, but how does one blame a guy for being upset with poor play or losing…I don’t want a guy QB’ing my squad who doesn’t give a poop.

    I believe the Bears need to sign him long-term. It is just too hard to find guys that can win consistent games, which he has shown he can. I hate to say it but he has the ability to keep a team like the Bears in the playoff hunt for the next 3-5 years or so.

    Obviously he’s no A-rod but Chicago could do a lot worse.

  7. bennyb82 says: Dec 4, 2012 3:16 PM

    How can we spin this to add to the Jay Cutler hate? How about this. Cutler doesnt care enough about his family to want to get paid more. Does that work?

  8. blackandbluedivision says: Dec 4, 2012 3:18 PM

    i.e. I’ll take less if you get me so help on the O-line…plleeeeeeeeeeaaaaaase!!!

  9. blackandbluedivision says: Dec 4, 2012 3:20 PM

    Unbelievable. This man says and does all the right things and people are mad because he pouts? Really?

    and I thought he grew up in Santa Claus, Indiana…and he was drafted by the Broncos…I don’t get the “hometown discount.”

  10. steelerben says: Dec 4, 2012 3:26 PM

    The guy has all the money that he could ever need. Good for him for saying that he doesn’t want a team killing contract.

    Hopefully he leaves enough money for an entire offensive line, a tight end or two and another wide receiver.

  11. rolloxd says: Dec 4, 2012 3:28 PM

    Cutler….. actually making sense. Happy he’s maturing.

    Honestly tho Jay you’ll never win a Superbowl with 1 WR and a patchwork O-Line. No matter how good your defense is. Happy your thinking about someone other than yourself for once tho.

    -A Broncos Fan

  12. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 4, 2012 3:28 PM

    Lets examine the glorious Jay Cutler era in Chicago. He’s currently sandwiched between Carson Palmer and Sam Bradford as the 21st ranked QB in the NFL with a 84.3 QB rating and with 15 TD’s and 11 INT’s. He’s led them to a grand total of 1 playoff victory in the 3 and a half years he’s been there, and that was against a sub .500 Seahawk team that had no business being in the playoffs.

    How much do you really want to pay this bum?

  13. oilcandroid says: Dec 4, 2012 3:29 PM

    It’s pretty evident to those of us in Chicago that Cutler wants to win and has the skills to win. It’s hard not to like that.

  14. blackandbluedivision says: Dec 4, 2012 3:55 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:
    Dec 4, 2012 3:28 PM
    Lets examine the glorious Jay Cutler era in Chicago. He’s currently sandwiched between Carson Palmer and Sam Bradford as the 21st ranked QB in the NFL with a 84.3 QB rating and with 15 TD’s and 11 INT’s. He’s led them to a grand total of 1 playoff victory in the 3 and a half years he’s been there, and that was against a sub .500 Seahawk team that had no business being in the playoffs.

    How much do you really want to pay this bum?
    _________________________________

    21st ranked QB in the NFL 15 TD’s and 11 INT’s. 1 playoff victory in 3 years and half years. Possibly two playoff appearances in 4 years (1 he was hurt throughout).

    You forget he’s been sacked over 115 times and wants to take a pay cut to stay.

    Yea, I know a bunch of football teams that will take that.

  15. blackandbluedivision says: Dec 4, 2012 3:56 PM

    rolloxd says:
    Dec 4, 2012 3:28 PM
    Cutler….. actually making sense. Happy he’s maturing.

    Honestly tho Jay you’ll never win a Superbowl with 1 WR and a patchwork O-Line. No matter how good your defense is. Happy your thinking about someone other than yourself for once tho.

    -A Broncos Fan
    ________________________________

    The hate from Denver stinks all the way here in the Midwest.

  16. notor23 says: Dec 4, 2012 3:57 PM

    blackandbluedivision says:
    Dec 4, 2012 3:20 PM

    “I thought he grew up in Santa Claus, Indiana…and he was drafted by the Broncos…I don’t get the “hometown discount.”
    _________________________________

    Cutler grew up a Bears fan

  17. blackandbluedivision says: Dec 4, 2012 3:58 PM

    rolloxd says:
    Dec 4, 2012 3:28 PM
    Cutler….. actually making sense. Happy he’s maturing.

    Honestly tho Jay you’ll never win a Superbowl with 1 WR and a patchwork O-Line. No matter how good your defense is. Happy your thinking about someone other than yourself for once tho.

    -A Broncos Fan
    _____________________________

    BTW, how’d that Cutler-Orton trade workout for you?

  18. metalhead65 says: Dec 4, 2012 4:01 PM

    obviously he does not care about the team or he would agree to play for the league min. and he should not be resigned until he under goes counseling for this competitiveness problem he has. he must understand that those around him are trying their best and not get upset when they do not block for him and he gets sacked 10 times game or they drop the ball he throws to them. no he must learn to smile and pat them on the back and say better luck next time. and of course he should learn the coach has his best interest when calling plays that get him killed or he takes 20 seconds of the clock to send in the play. and more importantly he must agree that the press knows more about the game than he does and and agree to let them ask all the same stupid questions they want and tell them all about his private life.

  19. rhone16 says: Dec 4, 2012 4:02 PM

    It’s nice to see a rare positive post here about a guy whose usually easy to pick on.

  20. worldsgreatestbearsfan says: Dec 4, 2012 4:16 PM

    metalhead65 says:
    Dec 4, 2012 4:01 PM
    obviously he does not care about the team or he would agree to play for the league min. and he should not be resigned until he under goes counseling for this competitiveness problem he has. he must understand that those around him are trying their best and not get upset when they do not block for him and he gets sacked 10 times game or they drop the ball he throws to them. no he must learn to smile and pat them on the back and say better luck next time. and of course he should learn the coach has his best interest when calling plays that get him killed or he takes 20 seconds of the clock to send in the play. and more importantly he must agree that the press knows more about the game than he does and and agree to let them ask all the same stupid questions they want and tell them all about his private life.
    ___________________________________

    Don’t forget that he needs to learn that the fans like to cheer when the Bears have the ball near the endzone and he should just be more patiently getting the play called above the noise.

  21. JaminJake says: Dec 4, 2012 4:25 PM

    Denver fan here. Nice to see that Cutler has the desire and drive to win in the NFL. I still think he is a cry baby for demanding a trade the way he did. There are only a few players in the NFL that have the right to get angry if their names are brought up in trade talks and Cutler wasn’t one of them.

  22. metalhead65 says: Dec 4, 2012 4:50 PM

    so jamminjake you are saying it is ok for the new coach who has never met you to lie to you and you should act like it never happened? he was not upset about the rumor just the fact he was lied to about it. and wouldn’t you be upset if you were going to be replaced by matt cassell? just because you got nothing out of the trade is no reason to be bitter after all these years. enjoy your success under manning while it lasts because it is 1 hit away from ending.

  23. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 4, 2012 5:06 PM

    I’m sure the bears are thinking about how much they want to spend on preserving that amazing passing game. What are they ranked?

  24. mcdeez22 says: Dec 4, 2012 5:13 PM

    Wow. It’s amazing how much stock we put into things like “he seems like he’s always pouting” or “I don’t like the face he makes on the sideline”. We formulate and strongly believe opinions about athletes based on some pretty weak data. I am shocked Cutler is showing this much maturity, but should I be? Come to think of it, there isn’t a lot of concrete evidence that he’s that bad of a guy. Like others have said, it’s admirable that he wants to stay on a team that has given him a Swiss cheese O-Line. I have done a complete 180 on my feelings toward Jay Cutler after reading this.

  25. mediasloppy says: Dec 4, 2012 5:21 PM

    I like what he’s saying, but before I start patting him on the back I’ll wait till the negotiations start and what the bottom line is. It’s very easy to talk like that now…

  26. ghoul11 says: Dec 4, 2012 5:22 PM

    Blaming Cutler’s crappy stats on his O-line? He sucks. A-Rod gets sacked just as much. The difference is, Rodgers is good.

  27. 4ever85 (aka Butch DeadLift) says: Dec 4, 2012 5:37 PM

    This is good news on multiple levels.

    For starters, it sends a good message to all the other possible FAs the Bears must resign (Wooten, Jennings, Wooten, Lach, etc). If Cutler takes a little less, maybe they will follow suit. It worked in New England.

    On a practical level, that money saved can go to protecting him. Long might not be Munoz, but he’d sure look good with that C on his helmet.

  28. beefbus says: Dec 4, 2012 7:58 PM

    13-3 in his last 16 starts or something close to that.

    1-8 when someone other than Cutty starts.

    His mediocre numbers don’t matter when his presence and leadership will his team to victory more times than not.

    Bronco fans can suck it, cause they’re still extremely butt hurt.

    Did you happen to notice who was yelling at his own fans on Sunday? Yep, Mr. “I can do no wrong” Manning.

  29. bearsfan4life says: Dec 4, 2012 8:01 PM

    Where are the Quitler posts? Remember a few years ago he tore a knee ligament in a game, came back and played a few snaps and couldn’t continue?

    I ask this because the Quitler posts are the only posts more pathetic than the Denver haters….

    I think the problem with the Denver haters is they know they got fleeced in that trade. And all for a garbage coach.

  30. larryboodry says: Dec 4, 2012 8:14 PM

    Man, where to begin?

    First of all, good for Jay to help the team in this way…Shows that he wants to win with the Bears, and shows some self-preservation, too…All the $ in the world does you no good if your o-line gets you killed.

    Also good to see that, as I type this and hope it won’t get deleted, only five negative comments have been posted so far…Two by passive-aggressive Denver fans, one by a GB fan touting Aaron Rodgers, and a couple by the two-headed monster known as filthytokyomcsandblaster.

    Progress, indeed…Go Bears!

  31. phillyphannn83 says: Dec 4, 2012 9:38 PM

    hahaha wow, this story wasn’t even 30 minutes old and some Bears fan wants to know why there was only 6 comments in the middle of the afternoon!! Hmmm let’s see, maybe were all at work?!?! I swear some people really shouldn’t be allowed to procreate. As for cutler…you can’t say you’ll take a hometown discount when no one else wants you! hahaha what a joke!! How good does he really think he is?? Who’s next to make this offer…Charlie Batch???

  32. chi01town says: Dec 5, 2012 12:34 AM

    this season aint over an Cutler’s hand is just as close to that Superbowl ring as anybody else. so lets wait and see how this season plays out. 12-4 is still on the table for the Bears

  33. dino2997 says: Dec 5, 2012 2:20 AM

    ghoul11 says:
    Dec 4, 2012 5:22 PM
    Blaming Cutler’s crappy stats on his O-line? He sucks. A-Rod gets sacked just as much. The difference is, Rodgers is good.

    ————————————————

    Yes, Rodgers is good enough to win….the same number of games?

  34. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 5, 2012 8:44 AM

    Nearly 30 years old with one playoff victory on his resume. Yeah, I’d break the bank.

  35. larryboodry says: Dec 5, 2012 11:53 AM

    phillyphannn83 says: Dec 4, 2012 9:38 PM

    “hahaha wow, this story wasn’t even 30 minutes old and some Bears fan wants to know why there was only 6 comments in the middle of the afternoon!! Hmmm let’s see, maybe were all at work?!?! I swear some people really shouldn’t be allowed to procreate. As for cutler…you can’t say you’ll take a hometown discount when no one else wants you! hahaha what a joke!! How good does he really think he is?? Who’s next to make this offer…Charlie Batch???”

    All I saw was someone asking where all the haters were, not someone asking why there were only six comments in the middle of the day…I swear, some people really should not be allowed to post when they don’t know what they are talking about.

    As for Jay, your post is still only one of maybe seven by haters, three of which came from the same two cheeseheads who always bash Cutler, and two of which came from bitter Denver fans.

    And for that matter, I bet Philly would love to have Cutler over somebody named Nick Foles.

  36. lionsplayoffs says: Dec 11, 2012 10:52 AM

    Career QB rating is below 84.1. That’s just barely ahead of Josh Freeman. And HE’s the one offering the hometown discount?

    Overrated beyond belief.

  37. larryboodry says: Dec 11, 2012 3:54 PM

    lionsplayoffs says: Dec 11, 2012 10:52 AM

    “Career QB rating is below 84.1. That’s just barely ahead of Josh Freeman. And HE’s the one offering the hometown discount?

    Overrated beyond belief.”

    Says the Lions fan whose own franchise QB has a career rating of 83.9.

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