Jay Cutler could be in play for the 49ers

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With Kyle Shanahan destined to become the next coach of the 49ers, Kirk Cousins may not be destined to become the next quarterback. That honor could go to Jay Cutler.

Apart from the fact that Shanahan’s father, Mike, drafted Cutler to Denver, 49ers G.M. John Lynch played with Cutler in Denver and regards Cutler as a friend.

“I like Jay, he’s a friend of mine,” Lynch said during a radio interview in 2009. “He had some growing up to do, probably still has some growing up to do. But in saying that, I think the Broncos erred in letting him go.

“This is a guy, in my mind, that’s a once-in-every-15-year-type talent. He’s got that kind of skill. I think he’ll grow into the other things. I sometimes think during this whole ordeal, they tried to paint him as a bad guy, but he’s not a bad guy at all. He’s got some growing up to do, but hopefully he learned something from this whole ordeal and offseason.”

That said, don’t count on Lynch trading for another former teammate from the Broncos. In the same interview, he offered a “buyer beware” assessment of receiver Brandon Marshall, who was drafted by Mike Shanahan in the same year that Cutler was selected.

“I don’t like saying [buyer beware], but you’ve got to call a spade a spade, and I think it’s a dangerous proposition,” Lynch said. “I don’t think you’ll see the Broncos sign him to a long-term deal, because right now the behavior he’s demonstrated off the field, I don’t think you’d feel comfortable doing anything long term.

“As I said, on the field, he’s very comparable to a guy like Terrell Owens. He’s that good of a player. But being a professional in my mind . . . takes doing it on the field and off the field. You can’t have all choir boys. I believe in first and second chances, but when you’re talking about 13 or 14 . . . I think at a certain point you’ve got to say this guy’s got some issues that he’s got to work out before you can trust him.”

In the eight years since then, Marshall has indeed worked through issues and matured considerably. Cutler, by all appearances, has grown up as well. Given that both are currently under contract with other teams and in light of the fact that Lynch now works for the 49ers, it won’t be known whether his opinion has changed unless and unless he does, or doesn’t, trade for either guy.

55 responses to “Jay Cutler could be in play for the 49ers

  1. Queue all the Jay haters that don’t know a thing about him. He will be an asset to any team and is good in the locker room. I wish the Bears would keep him to mentor whomever they think is the next big thing. Jay is still in the top half of the League QB’s, so I wish him well regardless of what happens.

  2. Jay Cutler C-O-A-C-H K-I-L-L-E-R

    Please take him and put us out of our misery. He might be talented but he’s not a leader and he’s certainly not a gamer.

  3. I would be very interested to watch Cutler in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. If there was ever an offense designed to max out Cutler’s ability, it is clearly that type of system. Solid running game, play action, and downfield passing to players on the move.

    I will not be shocked, but it would be telling to see a market develop for Cutler when the Bears get ready to release him. If they can get anything in a trade back for him, it would be a big boost to the Bears offseason plan.

  4. is this Lynch’s first learning experience at the expense of the 49ers draft. Did he break a rule about talking about players under contract with another team? If so, just stupid.

  5. Does talking about Cutler or Marshall constitute tampering, now that Lynch is a GM for the Niners? That may be one of the problems with hiring an inexperienced GM — Lynch doesn’t know the rules.

  6. He is 33 and not 23 right? Not sure what more “development” Cutler can do… But I like the league with Cutler in it as a starter. Keep on the “Hope”.

  7. Condolences to the Bay area if Cutler is your new QB.

    He’s 33, he’s not a 25 year old that may still blossom into something new.

  8. LOL NO! Hes done! he was a rookie in 2006. He is now 13 Year Vet. He is damaged goods and has exposed his true self. Is he still a good QB? Heck Yes. But unless its a one year prove it deal i say no

  9. So this is based off of comments 8 years ago? Oh geez. BTW Jay never fully grew up. File this in the not going to happen folder.

  10. Cutler is 33. As an NFL player, he has already done any growing up that he is going to do. He is what he is, and isn’t going to morph into a marvelous player/person just because he changes teams again.

  11. ugh, I know Kaep will be gone. I know the 49ers will draft a qb. But as far as who they sign…..Cutler is not the answer as a starter. Tyrod Taylor would be better. Cousins will probably cost to much with trading.

    This problem will not be fixed this offseason.

  12. All this based on a 2009 interview? Coming next: “In his fifth grade essay Lynch said he admired Roger Staubach. Unnamed sources say Staubach has now joined a gym in preparation for his comeback with the 49ers.”

  13. Cousins will get tagged (again) at about $24M, but don’t rule out one more year in D.C. and then him signing with Kyle in 2018. A third tag in D.C. would be over $34M in 2018, because of some escalators to discourage teams from tagging free agents more than twice. If he wants to play with Kyle, he can just refuse to do a long term deal, play a year and then be a total free agent in 2018.

  14. i know that im in the minority here. but, does anyone have any clue how many Offensive Coordinators that Jay Cutler has had in his NFL career? Would any QB be top flight if they had as many as he has had?

    Now, is Cutler a HOF QB…obviously not. But, is he capable of being a top of the 2nd tier of NFL QB’s….yes. He is capable of being just as productive as Stafford, Flacco, Palmer, Dalton, Winston, Bridgewater, etc. It would certainly help if he had some OC stability. Clearly, he is never going to be on the level of Rodgers, Brady, Roethlisberger, Luck, Ryan, or Brees.

  15. fanaticks says:
    Feb 1, 2017 7:41 AM
    is this Lynch’s first learning experience at the expense of the 49ers draft. Did he break a rule about talking about players under contract with another team? If so, just stupid.

    drcap says:
    Feb 1, 2017 7:56 AM
    Does talking about Cutler or Marshall constitute tampering, now that Lynch is a GM for the Niners? That may be one of the problems with hiring an inexperienced GM — Lynch doesn’t know the rules.

    Apparently reading isn’t your strong suit, eh? This is an article talking about his remarks from 2009.

  16. Does talking about Cutler or Marshall constitute tampering, now that Lynch is a GM for the Niners?

    No, because he’s not a real GM…

  17. Cutler has done enough since 2009 to discredit everything Lynch said about him. And I’m sure Lynch knows that. Not too worried about Cutler being a Niners. Wouldn’t mind seeing them trade for Tony Romo and draft a young QB under his tutelage though.

  18. I love all the people saying they hate Cutler. Hate is a strong word. They need to do the same thing Donald Trump should do. SHUT UP! I would love to see him go to the Niners and see what he could do working with Kyle Shanahan. Probably not as good as Ryan because the Niners do not have the weapons Ryan has.

  19. Tampering? Seriously? From comments he made in ’09 while not affiliated withy any team?

    Apparently some people on here missed out on the whole reading comprehension thing.

  20. He’ll go somewhere. The question is will he start ? My guess is yes. San Fran, Arizona, Cleveland and maybe the Jets or even Buffalo. Who cares as long as he is not in Chicago. I tried to be a Cutler fan, but every time he’d let you down. He has a rocket arm, but as good as his arm is, his pocket presence is that bad. Too Many Turnovers……Period

  21. 2009 is a long time ago. Unemployment rate was over 10 percent, and it was Obama’s first year in office. Whatever was said about Jay Cutler then is also ancient history. I think Jed York would fire John Lynch if he trades for Jay Cutler. LOL

    Kirk Cousins is a possibility, but the Niners can still re-sign Kap even if he becomes a free agent. It will be an interesting offseason. No one can predict what will happen.

  22. Cutlers problems werent all his own. He went through more o coordators in five years thn mqny guys see in a life time. That can really screw you mind. The guy has talent.

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