Bears GM Ryan Pace: “We’re moving forward with Jay Cutler”

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New Bears coach John Fox and General Manager Ryan Pace have been noncommittal about Jay Cutler as their starting quarterback. Until today.

Pace said this afternoon, in no uncertain terms, that Cutler is the Bears’ starting quarterback for the 2015 season.

“We’re moving forward with Jay Cutler as our starting quarterback,” Pace said.

Realistically, that’s the only option available to the Bears. Cutler is due a $15.5 million guaranteed salary this season, and the Bears simply can’t afford to cut him and eat that salary. Nor can they trade him, because no other team would want to take on that salary.

It’s also highly likely that Cutler will be the Bears’ 2016 starting quarterback as well, as he has a $10 million guarantee for next year. The old Bears regime gave Cutler a huge contract, and the new Bears regime will have to live with it.

And so the Bears and Cutler are married for the foreseeable future. Whether it’s a happy marriage remains to be seen.

92 responses to “Bears GM Ryan Pace: “We’re moving forward with Jay Cutler”

  1. He should have stated

    “He is starting this year and we are dedicated to going backward with Jay Cutler”

  2. If someone traded for Sam Bradford, his two ACL surgeries and $13 million salary, there’s a chance someone might trade for Cutler, who has produced far more than Bradford thus far in his career.

  3. That doesn’t sound very positive and heart warming…….

    He should have said…..we’re screwed and we are stuck with this guy for a couple of years and there is nothing we can do

  4. At first I was going to compare this to a marriage where both parties stay together for the sake of the children… but then I realized it’s not really that. It’s more like a marriage where two parties stay together because neither of them can afford to sell the house.

  5. “The old Bears regime gave Cutler a huge contract, and the new Bears regime will have to live with it”.
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    Can also be applied to Jared Allen, Jennings and Houston. Fox and Pace are going to have to get out the mops and buckets and try to live with all of these for a year or two until they can get rid of a lot of bad paper. Emery and Trestman did a lot of damage in 2014 that won’t be fixed until 2017.

  6. Kinda sucks when it has to be addressed. You’d never see the Packers have to say this about Rodgers or Patriots about Brady. It basically says, “we’re making the best of a bad situation”

  7. He’s not horrible. He just isn’t a superstar who can carry an offense. If you coach around his weaknesses you can win games but if you expect him to win the games for you, you’re in trouble.

    Problem is, he’s paid like a superstar.

  8. Who’s the idiot that gave him this monster contract? From what mental institution was he released from???

  9. This translates to……. We are stuck with Cutler unless we can trade Cutler to the Patriots and get Brady and their entire 2015 draft choices. LOL….. Someone wrote he is much better than Tom and Peyton.

  10. Dude can still throw the ball better then 20 or so QBs in the league. Contract was a terrible move but they have nothing even close to a better option. I’m not a Bears fan, I actually hate this team more than any team in sports, but at least they don’t have to trot out the garbage that most teams have at QB right now.

    That being said, the Bears are still going to be terrible this year which is always good news.

  11. You shore up the defense thru the Draft, free agency, Fangio…you commit to the running game…you help Cutler do what he does best…and there’s no reason to have to completely rebuild. Yeah, the Bears arent winning it all this year (who is?) but it makes for a much more fun season to win 7 to 10 games than to win just 3 or 4.
    Oh, and this “dumpster fire” QB threw 28 TDs last year, many teams would kill for that.

  12. Wow ! I think we all thought the Jimmy Clausen would be the man in Chicago . I’m going to pour a bucket of water on my head .

  13. It’s going to take two years to reformat and rebuild the defense anyway. Cutler will be gone in 2017. It’s going to be a couple of “Grin and Bear it” years for Bears fans.

  14. Many thanks to the Chicago Bears organization for extending Cutler’s contract and making big enough so Cutler will remain the starting QB for the Bears for the next two years.

    – The rest of the NFC North

  15. In business, this $15.5 million, since it’s already guaranteed, is called a “Sunk cost”. In business school we learn that a “sunk cost” is when something has already been paid for, and cannot be taken back or changed. There for, no decisions going forward should be based on that cost.

    To paraphrase: Jay Cutler is a sunk cost. Now the only decision you should be making is whether you think Jay Cutler gives you the best chance to win, or if another available QB does. You do not choose Jay Cutler just because of money that’s already been paid to him.

  16. Translated: I have to have a root canal with no pain killer and the pain is going to last 2 years…..

  17. They’ve already as much as said they’re basically going to deal with this by treating Cutler like Alex Smith with a better arm. A simple playbook, lots of handoffs, NO changing of plays at the line (which got Cutler and the offense in a whole lot of trouble and IMO was the crux of the whole blow-up between him and Kromer) – and getting the defense at least somewhat back up to par so that when Cutler does make one of his inevitable turnovers it’s not an automatic 7 for the other team.

    A lot less than one usually expects from a QB making top franchise dollar… but it’s they only chance they have of making it work.

  18. In other news…that sudden sound you hear is the Packers window closing

    Ne’er does a window close but that another opens.

  19. I don’t get the point of saying over and over that he is going to be the starting QB in 2016 too. Keeping him, barring a trade, is what makes sense the most, and we knew that since the day Emery and Trestman were shown the door they should have never entered. Pace is not so stupid to pay him a ton of money to play for another team. But I am 100% sure that there will be competition and Fox has the guts to bench Cutler and start Clausen or even Fales, if Cutler underperforms. Next year is another story, depending on who will be available through FA and the draft. It’s Cutler’s job to lose, now. And this means that if he will finally perform, then we will have a very talented QB living up to his potential. If not, the culture of no accountability is over in Chicago, and he will be remembered forever as a huge bust, who became a multi millionaire thanks to a GM and a HC who were not qualified to run a franchise and a football team.

  20. Look what Fox did with Jake Delhomme and Tim Tebow… maybe he can have some success with Cutler too. Probably an uphill climb, however.

  21. That’s code for nobody was crazy enough to try and trade for him..so we’re stuck with him.

  22. vicnocal says: Mar 11, 2015 3:32 PM
    “….Oh, and this “dumpster fire” QB threw 28 TDs last year, many teams would kill for that.”

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    He also tossed 18 picks and fumbled 12 times. How many teams would kill for that? I think “dumpster-fire” suite his playing style just fine.

    Cutler is the only player I have heard of in all my years that is still “developing” after 10 years. Dude has literally been paid deca-millions on potential.

  23. “We’re moving forward with Jay Cutler.”

    Translation: Chip Kelly thought about our offer of Cutler for Barkley and a first and second round pick but ultimately- and surprisingly- turned it down.

  24. Cutler will be on a very short leash. They need leverage though, by actually bringing in another veteran, and trading/drafting a mid-rounder back-up, or else Cutler will continue to keep going Jeff George renegade style. And I don’t think they’re beholden to his $10 million next year. Yeah they’ll have to pay it, but it’s a new regime, and they can cut him if they please. Teams are squeamish about paying $25 mill for 2 years for the guy. But if some team gets a QB injury or misses out in the draft, things can get a little surprising.

  25. Any other QB would be miffed and rather offended by Pace’s comments. Cutler just shrugged, rolled his eyes, and mumbled something incomprehensible.

  26. Do you bears fans realize just how hard us Lions fans laugh every time we see that dufus’ face? Lol all these years and Jay is still working the kink out of his neck.

  27. Despite his faults as a player and a person, you have to admit, of the QB options out there right now, none are better than Cutler.

  28. Of course you are. You can’t trade him because nobody wants him. You can cut him because you signed him to a big, long term deal before remembering he’s not a good QB and if you cut him, the cap hit is insanely high for years.

    So, great job coming to a conclusion that we all figured out already.

  29. Well put two wins in the books for the Packers in 2015, and at least one for the Lions as well.

  30. summitmech says:
    Mar 11, 2015 3:36 PM

    In business, this $15.5 million, since it’s already guaranteed, is called a “Sunk cost”. In business school we learn that a “sunk cost” is when something has already been paid for, and cannot be taken back or changed. There for, no decisions going forward should be based on that cost.

    To paraphrase: Jay Cutler is a sunk cost. Now the only decision you should be making is whether you think Jay Cutler gives you the best chance to win, or if another available QB does. You do not choose Jay Cutler just because of money that’s already been paid to him.
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    Not really. His cost still actively affects the salary cap, and quite significantly, which still affects the Bears ability to spend money. His counting against the cap this year and next year affects personnel decisions that the Bears want to make both now and in the near future.

  31. I read a news story a few weeks ago in one of the Chicago newspaper sites that Cliff Stein (the Bears salary cap guru) included fine print in Cutler’s contract that would allow them to cut him and they would only be on the hook for what Cutler doesn’t get in his next contract. For example if he got cut and then signed a 2-yr $14 mil contract with another team, Bears would only owe the remaining $1.5 mil. PFT hasn’t ever mentioned this though in its frequent discussion of Cutler’s contract. I think the real reasons the Bears keep him is because they aren’t sure there are better options at QB and they have plenty of cap space this year.

  32. Don’t end up another mangled carcass with Jerry Angelo and Phil Emory under the Cutler albatross, lol. Tell Fox to tank so you can finally draft a guy this year.

  33. It’s amazing how people forget the QB situation before Cutler got here. Take another look at the names…scary! It is what it is and we have to deal with it. If Fox can win a playoff game with Tebow, maybe he can do something with Cutler. Time will tell.

  34. On the slim chance that Cutler actually performs well this year and elevates the Bears with him, there is one person who stands to gain immensely and that is Adam Gase, the Bears new OC. All of the evidence by now points to Cutler being fixing… but on the %0.5 chance Gase can actually do it, he is right back in conversation as a hot HC candidate and possibly as early as next season.

  35. The Bears are in a mess for the next two years and will not come close to post season with Jay Cutler…….Denver knew what they were doing when they dumped this guy and my Bears fell for it…………..Damn

  36. Say what you want about Cutler, at least he never sent pictures of his junk to another woman while he was married to someone else. That takes a real man. He may not be a great QB but at least he seems to have some morals. And who was that player that got caught with the young girls in a hot tub? I forget what team he was on. Or you can look at a child abuser and put him up on a pedestal and talk about what a great man he is.He’s still better than 1/2 the QB’s in the league and Chicago has to live with that contract

  37. The Bears have no choice because of the idiot that got fired, but they would be wise to start drafting QBs to replace this clown after his two guaranteed years are over with.

  38. “We have no choice but to move forward with Jay Cutler.”

    Someone should ask Fox which was worse: taking over a team with Orton and Tebow as the QB options, or taking over a team with Cutler being the only option.

  39. What I like about this as a Bears fan is that for the first time in his career, Jay has a coach and a GM that will bench him this year for bad play. Expectation is so low for this year, and Jay is out the door next year regardless, mark my words that if he plays like wet farts in the first three games you bet you will see Jimmy Clausen or whatever Rookie they draft this year start a few games while Jay holds a clipboard.

    Watch this presser… while Pace said “we are moving forward with Cutler as our QB”, Fox was totally non-committal. They know they have a year to screw around, and if Jay plays like Jay, screw around they will.

  40. ragnarthemagnificent says:
    Mar 11, 2015 5:43 PM

    “Hooray!” – MN Vikings
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    Jay Cutler’s career record against Minnesota: 8-3

  41. As a Bears fan, hearing this news is like having to remarry your ex-wife you have been divorced from for 25 years.

    About as exciting as watching water evaporate.

  42. smstonerock says: Mar 11, 2015 3:57 PM

    “Do you bears fans realize just how hard us Lions fans laugh every time we see that dufus’ face?”

    They have meds for that…And us Bears fans are too busy laughing at “0-16” to care much for your issues.

  43. …most disliked player in the NFL, all from a terrible demeanor and ‘pout face syndrome’.

    By next year he’ll be a bargain at $10mil/year….what’s the going rate for mediocrity, more than I would ever have imagined….trade him then or keep him until they have something better.

  44. I actually thought when they first traded for him that it was a good move for them because they have not had a QB in a long time, and I don’t know if they have ever had a great one.

    But the new contract was just unreal.

    Me glad.

  45. Why not trade Cutler to another team even if the Bears have to absorb some of Cutler’s salary against their cap to make the trade happen!!!

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