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Cutler fine if he gets franchised, if the Bears want to

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Bears quarterback Jay Cutler knows his injuries aren’t helping him get a long-term contract, but he said during his weekly radio show that he’s fine if the Bears decide to use the franchise tag on him this offseason.

In fact, it sounds like he’s already making summer plans.

I’m not gonna take anything personally,” Cutler said on ESPN 1000. “If they want to franchise me, I’m gonna feel good about the situation we’re in. We’re gonna be in our second year of the offense with these guys. We’re gonna be better. I’m gonna be better. So it’s not personal. It’s business.”

Of course, he admitted that if the tag comes (a one-year deal worth north of $16 million), he might not spend the whole offseason getting better with his teammates.

“Well, you just don’t show up for a little while,” Cutler said. “But everyone at some point comes back to work, right? I’m not just gonna not show up. I might be like, ‘I’m gonna miss a few OTAs and go on an extra vacation.’ But at some point, I’m gonna be back there.”

That said, Cutler made he clear he wanted to “stay in Chicago,” and thought the progress the offense showed this year made it more likely the group might stay together.

Of course, General Manager Phil Emery and coach Marc Trestman have a say in the process as well.

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26 Responses to “Cutler fine if he gets franchised, if the Bears want to”
  1. nwfisch says: Nov 26, 2013 8:24 AM

    If Cutler gets franchised, he should be arrestted for robbery. No way he’s worth the $18M+.

    I really don’t believe that on his best day Cutler will lead the Bears to the Super Bowl, so I say start Josh McCown in 2014, draft a rookie, and spend the saved money towards the defense.

    Paying an average QB $18M, for even a year is a fireable offense and will lead to Emery and Trestman’s eventual dismissal.

  2. hodag54501 says: Nov 26, 2013 8:30 AM

    As the Packers found out this year, when your franchise QB goes down, the season quickly sags. The Bears would be smart to franchise Cutler, draft another QB high and see how next year works out. Depending on the development of the new QB, you would then make a decision on Cutler at the end of next year. That is affordable. If you hit the marketplace looking for a franchise QB, well, you will find what other teams find: has beens, washouts and one-year wonders. The only other option is to let Cutler go, and trade for Kirk Cousins, one of the few backups in the league capable of starting elsewhere. That is affordable, but you run the risk of Cousins never developing in the new offense. You also will lose at least one, and probably two, of your number ones to get him. Give Cutler one more year to prove he can do it.

  3. touchdownroddywhite says: Nov 26, 2013 8:34 AM

    Cutler isn’t going anywhere. Is he a Drew Brees/Tom Brady type? Not quite. Would a lot of other teams be blessed to have him as their QB? Absolutely.

  4. arodgersgloryhole says: Nov 26, 2013 8:36 AM

    Cutler, nothing says committed like taking a few OTA’s off and an extended vacation. Come one ma’n. If you don’t have a great year next year you aren’t getting that big contract from anyone. See the righting on the wall brother!

  5. FinFan68 says: Nov 26, 2013 8:39 AM

    I like Cutler and he gets some unfair criticism but these comments deserve criticism. If he is fine with the tag then show up and get better as a team. I really can’t stand it when guys involved in a team sport are all about individual stuff until they get on the field.

  6. snaponrules says: Nov 26, 2013 8:41 AM

    Cutler has said repeatedly last year and this year in his radio show he would give the bears a home town discount to save money and make sure there is cap room left to sign other players.
    They need to sign him to a 10-12 million a year deal. Which is far less than the Romo who sucks and stafford who has never won anything makes. There will be at least 5 teams willing to pay him much more then that.
    Jay wants to stay with Tres and it leaves room for getting some help on defense. Win Win

  7. vegasbearfan says: Nov 26, 2013 9:24 AM

    Trestman has made major strides in bringing an offense to the Bears that they have not had for years in his first year. Cutler will continue to get better with continuity and O line improvement as time goes on. It sucks with all the defensive injuries- we have no way of telling what this team would be if those didn’t happen. Everyone wants to point the finger( middle and otherwise) at Tucker- are we sure that any DC would do any better with most of the star players injured? Jury is out there. I really like a lot of decisions that Emery has made and if this crew could get and stay healthy, we would have a great team. It amazes me how McCown has turned into the best backup in the league under Trestmans system. I think that we have an offense that can take us to SB, if the defense doesn’t negate the positive strides of offense. Good luck Bears- we will need it!!

  8. artvan15 says: Nov 26, 2013 9:27 AM

    You gotta be kidding. Buy him a bus ticket out of town!!!!

  9. sfm073 says: Nov 26, 2013 9:29 AM

    He knows, he won’t make that type of money anywhere else and the bears have no other options.

  10. steelerben says: Nov 26, 2013 9:55 AM

    All of his comments amount to him saying, “Meh.”

    And that is appropriate, because unless he’s screaming at an O-Lineman, Cutler’s attitude is 100% meh.

  11. metalhead65 says: Nov 26, 2013 10:14 AM

    they need him for the offense to keep humming. they will be rebuilding the defense and need all the points they can get. get a new qb and the season will be over before it starts while learn the offense. he finally gets a coach who believes offense is part of the game and starts showing signs of being the qb they traded for so it would be foolish for them to let him go. it still amazes me they made the deal to get him and then would not do any of the things that made him 1 of the best young qb’s in the game. it’s like they looked at the tape and said sorry we do not do that here now hand the ball off and win a superbowl.

  12. CKL says: Nov 26, 2013 10:23 AM

    snaponrules says:
    Nov 26, 2013 8:41 AM
    Cutler has said repeatedly last year and this year in his radio show he would give the bears a home town discount to save money and make sure there is cap room left to sign other players.
    They need to sign him to a 10-12 million a year deal. Which is far less than the Romo who sucks and stafford who has never won anything makes. There will be at least 5 teams willing to pay him much more then that.
    _________________________________
    How does Romo suck vs Cutler? I’d argue that at worst they have similar ability (with Romo being more athletic and Cutler having a better arm). I’d also argue that Cutler’s best teams offensively in Denver featured a lot more weaponry and a better playcaller than Romo has ever had. If anything, Cutler fans/Bears fans should feel more sympathetic towards Romo who also gets unfairly criticized at times while having to deal with a lot of things that adversely affect his performance that are also out of his control. Both of them have taken shots for their pesonalities too. And both have been the QB for just one playoff win.

    I personally never liked Cutler for years but I have grown to appreciate some of his deadpan comments and his telling it like it is and his not caring what people think for the most part. A lot of guys would lie about the franchise tag but at least he’s saying how he really feels.

  13. fnc111 says: Nov 26, 2013 10:29 AM

    “Righting on the wall?”

    Lol

  14. bears5683 says: Nov 26, 2013 11:37 AM

    With the Bears likely to be in the middle of the draft board maybe they can trade Cutler to a QB desperate team who’s in the top 3 and their number 1 pick for their number one pick and take the best QB available to compete with McCown to start in 2014 and be our long term QB. I’ve been waiting for teams to “figure” McCown out to show why he’s just a back up and he keeps coming up with 100 QB rating performances.

  15. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 26, 2013 11:52 AM

    Jay looks like a homeless dude.

  16. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 26, 2013 11:58 AM

    He should have been traded a long time ago. This team isn’t good enough with him and they are wasting big bucks to come up way short ever year.

  17. iowahbr says: Nov 26, 2013 12:29 PM

    Cutler has a great arm and makes some great throws but has never shown the ability to manage his own impulses. He is not a softie, nor tough to get behind but he is a bit brittle and has trouble going 16 plus NFL games a year. Tag him and draft someone for the future as none of us want a total dump year to get a high draft choice.

  18. jazsrt says: Nov 26, 2013 1:36 PM

    Anyone who says McCown should be the starter next year and let Cutler go needs to get their head checked.

    The team should take a look at other QB’s in the draft, but the defense should be their top priority.

    The defense is losing the games for Chicago, not the offense.

  19. deweyaxewound says: Nov 26, 2013 1:55 PM

    steelerben says: Nov 26, 2013 9:55 AM

    All of his comments amount to him saying, “Meh.”

    And that is appropriate, because unless he’s screaming at an O-Lineman, Cutler’s attitude is 100% meh.
    __________________________________

    Funny, I didn’t see any of that “meh” from Jay when he was orchestrating a 9 play, 74 yard drive which culminated with him throwing a 17 yd TD to Earl Bennett in the 4th quarter of Bears vs. Steelers this year…putting Chicago up 34-23, before they ultimately won it 40-23.

    Nothing “meh” about the 3-0 record (but 0-3 for the Steelers at the time? That’s definitely “meh”…)

    And look on the bright side…say what you want about the guy, but he’s

    A) played well in the new Trest Coast offense this year
    B) finally has a decent o-line and legit weapons arounds him
    C) isn’t out raping people in bar room bathrooms

  20. deweyaxewound says: Nov 26, 2013 1:59 PM

    fnc111 says: Nov 26, 2013 10:29 AM

    “Righting on the wall?”

    Lol
    ____________________________

    Come one ma’n … that ain’t write.

  21. wjarvis says: Nov 26, 2013 2:25 PM

    There is no way that Cutler would sign a contract with an average value of $10-12 million, though it doesn’t hurt to ask. I’m sure he’d rather play an extra year on the tag with this offense to try and increase his value. Here are average value of contracts in millions signed by QBs that are not on rookie deals, as Bradford’s $13 million and Wilson’s 749 k are largely due to the rookie wage scale. I also included the year that is was signed as the average value is going up over time and career QB rating for a point of reference Cutler’s is 84.4.

    $20.1 Flacco 2013 85.0; $20 Brees 2012 95.1; $19.2 Manning 2012 96.7; $19 Ryan 2013 90.7; $18.7 Rodgers 2013 105.2; $17 Romo 2013 95.8; $15.3 Eli 2009 81.9; $15.3 Stafford 2013 84.0; $14.1 Brady 2013 95.9; $14 Rivers 2009 95.7; $13.2 Schaub 2012 90.7; $12.8 Roethlisberger 2008 92.6; $11.7 Sanchez 2012 71.7; $8 Smith 2012 79.8; $8 Palmer 2013 85.9, $7 Vick 2013.

    I think Cutler will get franchised, and probably won’t sign a long term deal. He might accept one in the range of $70-75 million over 5 years if it were offered, which would be right in the middle of that pack. If the bears won’t pay Cutler, I’m sure one of the Browns, Vikings, Raiders, Jaguars, Bucs, or Titans would.

  22. coachkilla6 says: Nov 26, 2013 4:43 PM

    Cutler peaked 3 years ago and has been in decline physically ever since GB beat him in the NFC Championship game. The dude just can’t stay healthy throughout an entire season. Now he says if he gets paid he’s going on vacation and skipping OTAs? It’s past time to let him go and try to develop a younger guy at that position. Call Minny. They have a boatload of 3rd string QBs looking for work elsewhere too.

  23. larryboodry says: Nov 26, 2013 6:44 PM

    Franchise Cutler, draft his ultimate replacement, and start over on defense.

    See how easy that is?

  24. rextraordinaire says: Nov 26, 2013 6:48 PM

    At this point, I wouldn’t do anything other than tag Cutler. Given the all the circumstances surrounding his contract, I wouldn’t feel safe locking him up for 3-5 years, but Cutler isn’t the starter in 2014, who is?

    McCown? Awesome backup, but I wouldn’t trust him to be the guy for a whole season.

    Throwing a rookie into the fire? Extremely risky. There are a lot more Christian Ponders out there than there are Russell Wilsons.

    Free Agency? Cutler is already the best QB at the end of his deal. The next best guy is Sam Bradford, who is also prone to injury.

  25. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 26, 2013 8:33 PM

    I remember back when Bear fans thought Cutler was a franchise QB.

  26. iowahbr says: Nov 27, 2013 12:55 PM

    there will be more talk at Bears web sites about the franchise tag rule than about upcoming Bears games.

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