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Bears technically aren’t stuck with Cutler

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The new deal signed earlier this year by Bears quarterback Jay Cutler carries $54 million in guaranteed money. But there’s a caveat.

Like so many other long-term veteran deals, the Bears can stop the bleeding in March of 2015 or March of 2016, cutting off the flow of guaranteed money by cutting Cutler.

For example, if the Bears dump him by March 2015, they’ll avoid $16 million in guaranteed money. If they part ways with him by March 2016, they’ll save the final $6 million guaranteed.

The problem is that, by cutting Cutler before March in either of the next two years, they’ll be watching a lot of cash walk out the door. Already, he has triggered $38 million in fully-guaranteed pay under the new deal. After next March, if moves to $48 million.

The best bet could be to trade him, if they can find someone who’d give value for the privilege of standing in the Bears’ shoes. Given his regression and at times indifference, there quite possibly would be no team interested in taking the contract off Chicago’s hands.

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  1. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 10, 2014 5:03 PM

    I’m sure they can find someone to take Mr Sunshine off their hands by paying a portion of the guaranteed money. Like 37.8 of the 38 million he’s owed.

  2. jazsrt says: Nov 10, 2014 5:04 PM

    Yes, the Bears are stuck with Cutler.

    They are not, however, stuck with the pathetic excuse for a defensive coordinator-Mel Tucker.

    After all, his unit has had 42+ points dumped on them in the past two games. (not counting the TO td’s)

  3. stash918 says: Nov 10, 2014 5:04 PM

    Jay Cutler is Jeff George’s younger brother in the 2014 NFL. His indifference and poor play last night against the Packers was astounding to Bears fans and NFL fans alike.

  4. doclolly says: Nov 10, 2014 5:05 PM

    i have a feeling the jets would waste a pick on him they love QBs who throw INTS

  5. docsweeney says: Nov 10, 2014 5:07 PM

    Everyone says “he sucks, trade him”. To who? As bad as QB play is in this league, who is going to take a flyer on a 30+ yr old, with a huge contract who is so instantly dislikable? You want to be the GM to makes that trade? Granted, there is always someone who sees that arm and thinks “I AM THE GUY who can fix it!” The best the Bears can hope for is to ride it out for a year or two more, dump him and start over.

  6. tvjules says: Nov 10, 2014 5:07 PM

    The Home for Wayward Quarterbacks will take him.
    Chicago front office, please pick up the phone. Rex Ryan, is on line one.

  7. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 10, 2014 5:08 PM

    Cutler has the maturity of an 8 year old and never seems to have progressed past that point.

  8. dobe420 says: Nov 10, 2014 5:08 PM

    I can’t defend his play as of late, but Unfortunely for the Bears neither can their defense. There are only 4 players left from the drafts between 2009 to 2012. They way this team has drafted it just as inexcusable. It may be too tall a task for Emery to change things around on just 3 draft classes.

  9. larryboodry says: Nov 10, 2014 5:08 PM

    As a long-time Cutler apologist, I can’t believe I’m typing this, but cut him now, let Clausen start the last seven games, and let Fales back up Clausen.

  10. muslimponder says: Nov 10, 2014 5:10 PM

    Free Brandon Marshall! What a talent being wasted in that dumpster fire.

  11. jakethesnake123 says: Nov 10, 2014 5:13 PM

    A franchise QB in salary only.

  12. puntonfirstdown says: Nov 10, 2014 5:14 PM

    That family has no business running an NFL team.

  13. bobnelsonjr says: Nov 10, 2014 5:18 PM

    It would not surprise me to see the Bears come out angry and destroy their next opponent.

    It is about time for that good Jay appearance that happens so often.

  14. golforepar says: Nov 10, 2014 5:19 PM

    PLEASE keep him!

    signed Packers fans everywhere

  15. cafetero1075 says: Nov 10, 2014 5:21 PM

    That contract sets a franchise back 5 years. Can’t reach for QB that are not that good. Redskins and Dolphins are in the same position. They have to be sure they are the guy.

  16. thevza says: Nov 10, 2014 5:22 PM

    If Jay Cutler and Mel Tucker had any sense of honor whatsoever, they would both just retire today. Someone please hand them the samurai swords.

  17. campcouch says: Nov 10, 2014 5:31 PM

    The Bears need to overhaul. Living off of Butkus, Halas,Sayers,Sweetness…the 85 team, the list goes on. It’s time they started drafting and building from within like the Packers, Lions and now Vikes are doing. Stop paying free agents who are at the end of their game so much money, stop dreaming of landing “the” quarterback. Figure out your philosophy. Heck, Lovie Smith had the team competitive even with 8-8 records. For now, you’re hooked with Cutler, use this season to move up in the draft and add a few pieces…young pieces and start to build.

  18. jimmysee says: Nov 10, 2014 5:31 PM

    Trade him to the Vikings where he can mentor Teddy Bridgewater for three years like Brett did for Aaron.

  19. purpleguy says: Nov 10, 2014 5:31 PM

    Cutler may be a goofball prone to real lousy games, but seriously, what are the Bears other realistic options? Believe me, this is coming from a Viking fan that is very experienced in watching an endless succession of mediocre to lousy QB options.

  20. masterrez32 says: Nov 10, 2014 5:31 PM

    I would of fired the Emery and Tucker today. Emery drafter McClellan over Chandler Jones. What happened to Lance Briggs? He should be the defensive leader. I was embarrassed as a Bears fan.

  21. fleaman13 says: Nov 10, 2014 5:34 PM

    I don’t care either way for Cutler. But he’s not the only problem with the Bears. I do kind of sympathize some as I’m also an unemotional person.

  22. masterrez32 says: Nov 10, 2014 5:34 PM

    Where is the pass rush? This defense is soft. They can’t tackle. Jennings all of a sudden can’t cover anybody. They should try to get Jim Harbaugh or Rex Ryan. U never hear about there teams being soft

  23. kevishu says: Nov 10, 2014 5:48 PM

    As a Packer fan, I say keep him as the starting QB.

  24. thingamajig says: Nov 10, 2014 5:49 PM

    I was amazed how bad Cutler played. His 2 int’s cost the Bears 55 points.

  25. every1987 says: Nov 10, 2014 5:51 PM

    I’ve been saying Cutler is a mirror image of Jeff George…fantastic arm but believes in tht arm way too much. Cutler is surrounded by outstanding talent Forte Marshall Jeffery Bennett and even though he has been absent Holmes is still a decent target to have so there’s no excuse way Cutler shouldn’t shine. I was blown away when he got tht huge extension in the first place..there’s a lot to blame in Chicago and Cutler isn’t the only one who should be on his way out

  26. kmartinson says: Nov 10, 2014 5:56 PM

    Last time I checked Cutler doesn’t play defense….it’s a team game and he’s not the problem.

  27. kevishu says: Nov 10, 2014 6:06 PM

    Actually, Cutler DOES play on defense, just not the Bear’s defense.

  28. majahpayne8950 says: Nov 10, 2014 6:12 PM

    Can’t blame Cutler for the defense giving up 42 pts by halftime, just a little bit of pride on D please. The fact that tucker had 2 weeks to gameplan and that was the best he could come up with? Fire tucker and promote Reggie Herring to coordinate the D. What’s more worrisome is trestman backs him. Time for a new management from the g.m down to the scouts.

  29. gmsalpha says: Nov 10, 2014 6:23 PM

    Honestly, I think Cutler needs to follow Marshall’s lead and seek professional help. There is something going on with Jay, and it’s been part of his game even before he got to Chicago.

    As a Colts fan, I really appreciate having Luck, and fully realize how fortunate we are to have “the guy”. The only other young guy I’m sold on is Russell Wilson.

    Look at the league. It’s Peyton, Tom, Aaron, Drew, and Andrew. Big Ben and Rivers are in the next group and very solid, but finding a real franchise QB is so difficult to do, and when you don’t find it, you overpay a mediocre talent like Cutler or Dalton.

  30. zo121179 says: Nov 10, 2014 6:25 PM

    Thumbs up for a Brian Hoyer like QB/salary.

    Thumbs down for another 4 years of Cutler.

  31. rl7911 says: Nov 10, 2014 6:36 PM

    Cutler isn’t even the biggest problem, Emery spent money on Jared Allen, Houston, and even Marshall in the off season, and they look to be about though.

    The Bears are going to suck for a long time with all the mistakes Emery has made.

  32. lacarious says: Nov 10, 2014 6:44 PM

    The cardinals will be in this same position with Carson Palmer

  33. greengoldandbold says: Nov 10, 2014 7:11 PM

    You can’t hang ALL of this on Cutler. I’m a lifetime Packer fan. I watched the game last night. Granted they didn’t move the ball very well in the 1st half but what the hell happened with that defense ??? Answer that before lynching Cutler.
    They pounded us on the ground in Chicago and yet they barely tried to run the ball last night, even in the 1st few series. Ya, you get down 21 – 0 and you have to change it up and pass to get back in, but still, the defense looked like they gave up.

  34. chriskbrunson says: Nov 10, 2014 7:20 PM

    The bucs will gladly take him, especially if the bears are willing to throw in a second or third round pick

  35. slick50ks says: Nov 10, 2014 7:21 PM

    masterrez32 says:
    Nov 10, 2014 5:34 PM
    Where is the pass rush? This defense is soft. They can’t tackle. Jennings all of a sudden can’t cover anybody. They should try to get Jim Harbaugh or Rex Ryan. U never hear about there teams being soft


    Trust me, the Jets are soft. Beating a half dead Steelers team doesn’t change that.

  36. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Nov 10, 2014 7:25 PM

    It would take a rudderless team like the jets to trade for him

  37. bearsfansforever says: Nov 10, 2014 7:30 PM

    I agree Mel Tucker has to go I don’t think the defense is soft I despise Cutler as a starting quarterback in this league but with the defense wouldn’t you be tired too if you had Cutler as your starting quarterback and you was always on the field but if it was up to me and I ran this team I would definitely try to trade Cutler for any type of talent I could offense or defense start Jimmy Clausen and work with david fails and see if he could be our quarterback going on in the future if not get rid of him and seek a quarterback in any which way possible we have way too much talent that we are wasting behind Jay Cutler and I don’t even want to get started on the way we draft talent if it was me doing the picking I would pick the best available talent on the board for that round and that pick you would have all training camp and offseason to get things situated after getting rid of the major problems In Jay Cutler and Mel Tucker. I love my Bears I’m behind them even if they go 0-16 like Detroit did.if we get rid of Cutler and Tucker I think we will be pretty set to go forward.

  38. zaphod424242 says: Nov 10, 2014 7:35 PM

    doclolly says:
    i have a feeling the jets would waste a pick on him they love QBs who throw INTS


  39. babygaga19 says: Nov 10, 2014 7:38 PM

    Cutler is soo soft. No leadership abilities, nice arm but a turnover machine. Thank you so much for taking him from Denver. What was it, a 1 and a 2 plus a 2b? Enjoy him. He is a total loser!

  40. chitownace84 says: Nov 10, 2014 7:59 PM

    There is blame on the defense but going 3 and out, turning the ball over puts that defense on the field

  41. pastabelly101 says: Nov 10, 2014 8:15 PM

    Josh Mcdanials let him go and drafted Tebow. Who ever would have thought that was the right move?

  42. coltzfan166 says: Nov 10, 2014 8:19 PM

    The Raiders, Titans, or Jets should be all over this guy.

  43. booboo31 says: Nov 10, 2014 8:22 PM

    Trade dalton for Culter trade up. 2 overpaid losers get change of location

  44. crappygovernment says: Nov 10, 2014 8:28 PM

    The NFL needs Tebow more than ever. It has 0 likable players!

  45. pastabelly says: Nov 10, 2014 8:38 PM

    Josh McDaniels was one out of two. I hope Jimmy Garapolo works out better for him than Tebow did.

  46. fordmandalay says: Nov 10, 2014 9:14 PM

    Jay Cutler, starting QB of the Arizona Cardinals in Fall 2015.

  47. Exiled1 says: Nov 10, 2014 9:17 PM

    I’ve got a 1999 Honda CR-V to sell $1000 obo.
    Water pump is leaking.
    Control Arm bushings are shot.
    Passenger Rear Window Blown out.

    Or I’ll babysit Jay Cutler

  48. friscokid49 says: Nov 10, 2014 9:31 PM

    The biggest problem for the Bears is that defense. It wore down and got old quick.

  49. dontbeadope says: Nov 10, 2014 9:37 PM

    The biggest mistake was not keeping Josh McCown as backup. He won games and right now could be the starter if the coaches would have enough balls to sit Cutler as an example of what happens when you don’t perform.

  50. trapshoot says: Nov 10, 2014 9:41 PM

    Get Bobby Douglas and Abe Gibron back.

  51. lkasten says: Nov 10, 2014 9:45 PM

    Browns fan here… Johnny’s yours for two 2nd rounders, ’15 and ’16. Get back to us when you can, we got the Jets on the other line talking 1st round and Idzik just might be stupid enough to pull the trigger.

  52. bears5683 says: Nov 10, 2014 9:49 PM

    Cutler isn’t and never will be a Rogers, but he’s no worse than Dalton or Newton.

  53. nyj1979 says: Nov 10, 2014 10:08 PM

    If Cutler could keep the offense on the field, he’d do well in NY. Rex is great with D, but when your guys are on the field all the time, of course you can’t win games with an exhausted defense.

  54. dkarras84 says: Nov 10, 2014 10:11 PM

    Tucker must go now. He has had two perennial pro bowl DEs and they come up lame. The middle of the field is unoccupied and our backend can’t recover. Trestman’s offense works and we’ve all seen that last year with a career backup. I’d dump cutler before March 2015 draft a QB TO SIT and try someone like hoyer or even Marc Sanchez Anybody that can run an offense and move the ball.

  55. 1killyothots says: Nov 10, 2014 10:13 PM

    The bears are a pathethic excuse of an nfl team

  56. acehawk55 says: Nov 10, 2014 10:21 PM

    Jay Cutler and his wife Kristen Cavalari should go and make another crappy reality show. Only problem is that the writers couldn’t make Jay interesting.

  57. t8ertot says: Nov 10, 2014 10:25 PM

    Please do the same for Andy Dalton. The Bengals move was genius by getting his deal done with clauses

  58. dinodimes says: Nov 10, 2014 10:32 PM

    Jay cutler is a great competitor…sincerely scott mitchell😉

  59. axespray says: Nov 10, 2014 11:14 PM

    “Keep Cutler please!”
    – Dom Capers.

  60. chiraqbears says: Nov 10, 2014 11:20 PM

    Man just fire everybody get some body who love football cause if u look at cutler face and trestment they never look like there happy wit they job

  61. cruzer1996 says: Nov 11, 2014 4:34 AM

    They need to blow up the Bears. Everything must go.

  62. iowahbr says: Nov 11, 2014 7:07 AM

    Every accountant knows the difference between sunk costs and future investment. cut him in March of 15 and you are 16 million to the good. Also cut whoever did work on that contract to begin with. He could have been franchise tagged for 1 year for a great deal less.

  63. bearinbroncocolors says: Nov 11, 2014 7:30 AM

    Hell, even Tim Tebow would be a better fit at quartback. At least he never quits like Cutler did in the playoffs a few years ago and is doing now.

  64. bearinbroncocolors says: Nov 11, 2014 7:38 AM

    Maybe the Bears can get Adrian Peterson (who has a lot to prove). Along with Forte, the Bears could institute a ball control offense to keep the inept defense off the field. Honestly, I have never heard of a Bears team lacking in toughness or quitting or laying down for a team, especially the Packers. Even when 1 and 13 back in the 70’s and the Pack going to the Superbowl, the Bears DID NOT quit.

  65. abearsfansince1978 says: Nov 11, 2014 9:53 AM

    Micheal Ervin said it about a year ago. Jay Cutler is a QB not a Leader Of Men. Now he is not even a QB.

  66. southsidetommy says: Nov 11, 2014 11:24 AM

    Cutler might not be part of the solution, but he is not even close to being the biggest problem on this team. His two interceptions were tipped and the offensive line was back to being brutal. DL’s were running around them untouched.

    The defense, for a second year in a row, is historically bad. Back to back games giving up 50+ points? The opposing team has had to punt a total of 4 times in the past two weeks and all of those punts occurred once the opposing team had their reserves in. So they haven’t stopped a first team’s offense once in two weeks.

    There is enough evidence on Emery now to say he’s been a failure as GM. His hiring of Trestman, his draft picks have been brutal for the most part and his FA signings haven’t brought about the change he expected. His Cutler deal is the cherry on top (they could have just franchised him and gone year to year for awhile before signing him or cutting him loose).

  67. abearsfansince1978 says: Nov 11, 2014 2:13 PM

    True but this is a QB driven league. Look at all the highly rated teams and there QB’s. Either you have to be a manager of the game or not contribute to a loss. He turns the ball over puts the defense in bad field position and cannot sustaine drives.

  68. nrns77 says: Nov 11, 2014 2:45 PM

    How is it “guaranteed money” if they team can find a way out of paying it? I hate Cutler, but I am kind of sick of the teams holding all the cards when it comes to these contracts.

  69. politijim says: Nov 11, 2014 3:55 PM


    (I suspect that will get a response from one or two of you…)

  70. zcookiemonstar says: Nov 11, 2014 4:28 PM

    Cutler needs to spend some time locked in a room with Bill Cowher and Mike Ditka.

  71. iowahbr says: Nov 11, 2014 5:03 PM

    why not call Tim. I’ve been suggesting same for 2 years. At least there will be less on field pouting.

  72. pastorkelly2003 says: Nov 11, 2014 11:26 PM

    Just cut him and swallow the loss!!!

  73. edman13 says: Nov 12, 2014 2:32 AM

    Why not go out and get him an offensive line and while your at it what about a defense! Since when does a QB have anything to do with allowing an opponent to score 50 friggin points in two consecutive weeks! This is an awful team all the way around not just at the QB position. Common at least pretend you understand this game before you start throwing out comments that this is only a QB issue…schhhiiiisssssssshhhhhh

  74. kabasaman says: Nov 12, 2014 8:32 AM

    I just hope George Mckaskey is listening. He is doing something that even his brother couldn’t do…… Loose fans that are LIFE LONG fans. Embarrassment. The worst situation I’ve ever seen.

  75. omeimontis says: Nov 14, 2014 4:33 AM

    The Bears single-handedly screwed up the salary structure for quarterbacks by signing Cutler to this ridiculously lucrative deal. Now teams around the league are forced to pay quarterbacks the same amount. If the bears lose big on this bum deal, then they themselves are the only ones to blame and it would be well deserved.

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