With the regular season over, the burning issue around the Bears is quarterback Jay Cutler’s future with the team.
Cutler is set to become a free agent in March and he discussed the uncertain future during an appearance on WMVP in Chicago on Monday. Cutler said he believes that a deal will get worked out that keeps him in Chicago for 2014 and beyond, but admitted that “you never know how it’s going to go” while making it clear he’d like to continue throwing passes to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
“I think if you polled quarterbacks around the league, everyone’s going to want to come here,” Cutler said, via the Chicago Tribune. “Why wouldn’t you want to play here? We’ve got a lot of guys who can make some plays. It would be fun to stay here. Obviously I want to stay here.”
Cutler said Monday that he’d be “disappointed” if negotiations continued past the start of the new league year, at which point the Bears will not be the only team negotiating for his services. The Bears can keep that from happening by using the franchise tag, something General Manager Phil Emery has said he’s willing to do even though he’d prefer to avoid it.