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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.

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55 Responses to “Jay Cutler could be in play for the 49ers”
  1. Indybear says: Feb 1, 2017 6:19 AM

    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. tonebones says: Feb 1, 2017 6:30 AM

    49ers fans are saying No, No, No. Rams, Cardinals, and Seahawks fans are screaming Yes, Yes, Yes.

  3. cabsf415 says: Feb 1, 2017 6:47 AM

    Sure. Write an article surrounding John Lynch’s comments from 2009. Which might as well be 1999 in NFL years.

    Nice try Florio.

  4. ihavepriors says: Feb 1, 2017 6:49 AM

    At 33 years of age, isn’t it time to grow up? Pass.

  5. tommytd says: Feb 1, 2017 7:04 AM

    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.

  6. themarkus42 says: Feb 1, 2017 7:06 AM

    As a Bears fan I say please sign him. I hate him. I despise him.

  7. sportoficionado says: Feb 1, 2017 7:13 AM

    Jay cutler is no good for anybody. But then again the 49ers are no good for anybody so meh.

  8. keys2heat says: Feb 1, 2017 7:21 AM

    There is ZERO chance or connection for Cousins, of the Washington REDSKINS, going to the team from San Francisco. Stop all of this speculation.

  9. natureboy123 says: Feb 1, 2017 7:24 AM

    Is there ever news on this site anymore? Or is everything just speculation?

  10. serfboard2000 says: Feb 1, 2017 7:31 AM

    “Cutler, by all appearances, has grown up as well.”

    Really?! Is this from some kind of non-televised appearances?

  11. bronco1991 says: Feb 1, 2017 7:35 AM

    The niners are screwed

  12. coachwolf49 says: Feb 1, 2017 7:37 AM

    Cutler is a loser who lacks the drive to win. I prefer Kap who will flourish under Shanahan.

  13. joefelicelli says: Feb 1, 2017 7:39 AM

    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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. dtroxallday says: Feb 1, 2017 7:56 AM

    Where on earh did you get Cousin’s name from? Redskins aren’t letting him walk.

  17. zinnsand21 says: Feb 1, 2017 7:57 AM

    Forget Jay Cutler.. He’s a loser, documented..

  18. packfanaj12 says: Feb 1, 2017 8:01 AM

    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”.

  19. gonzagylot00 says: Feb 1, 2017 8:06 AM

    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.

  20. abninf says: Feb 1, 2017 8:17 AM

    Don’t they still have the Black Panther dude?

  21. frk49rs says: Feb 1, 2017 8:26 AM

    Almost rather have the fragile Tony Romo, he has the heart.

  22. frk49rs says: Feb 1, 2017 8:28 AM

    Would rather have Palmer.

  23. frk49rs says: Feb 1, 2017 8:28 AM

    Would rather have Palmer though

  24. truevision21 says: Feb 1, 2017 8:32 AM

    Watch your language, Johnnie. You won’t influence guys to play for you using words like that…

  25. greenmtnboy31 says: Feb 1, 2017 8:32 AM

    As a Bears fan, I hope Cutler’s in play for the 49ers, the Browns or any other team that will take him. It’s time for Chicago to move on.

  26. LoCoSu@%s says: Feb 1, 2017 8:44 AM

    I’d rather stick with kaepernick

  27. jayhawk6 says: Feb 1, 2017 8:45 AM

    Is John Lynch familiar with the tampering rules?

  28. lunar2013 says: Feb 1, 2017 8:45 AM

    Hahahaha. Good thing Josh McDaniels didn’t take that job. Get stuck with a lazy quarterback he already got rid of once.

  29. diesel23 says: Feb 1, 2017 8:55 AM

    I couldnt be happier as a Bears fan that lynch was hired as the 49ners GM. Lets make a trade happen

  30. packmanjones says: Feb 1, 2017 8:59 AM


  31. razzzmajazzz says: Feb 1, 2017 9:16 AM

    Seriously? Isn’t the quarterback situation in that city already bad enough? How much do the fans there need to suffer?

  32. dirtydrynn27 says: Feb 1, 2017 9:19 AM

    Really……..Better off with kapernick.What a downgrade that would be

  33. fballlvr22 says: Feb 1, 2017 9:28 AM

    Take him.

    -Bears Fan

  34. QB Film Room says: Feb 1, 2017 9:34 AM

    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

  35. riraider says: Feb 1, 2017 9:36 AM

    Perfect !

  36. goldrush36 says: Feb 1, 2017 9:42 AM

    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.

  37. twinfan24 says: Feb 1, 2017 9:43 AM

    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.

  38. goldrush36 says: Feb 1, 2017 9:44 AM

    Also tampering? When he had no team affiliation and Jay had just been traded? LOL wow

  39. collectordude says: Feb 1, 2017 9:57 AM

    Cutler & Marshall are not worth having on any team.

  40. iamfakejesus says: Feb 1, 2017 9:57 AM

    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.

  41. mogogo1 says: Feb 1, 2017 10:18 AM

    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.”

  42. mygirlhassuperhairymanarms says: Feb 1, 2017 10:38 AM

    Cutler is Jeff George, 2.0. Basically garbage. Pretty wife though. She married for the money!

  43. tcostant says: Feb 1, 2017 10:52 AM

    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.

  44. ducknichols50 says: Feb 1, 2017 10:52 AM

    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.

  45. joetoronto says: Feb 1, 2017 10:59 AM

    Jay Cutler, LOL!

    Awesome. SMH.

  46. fujoeboo says: Feb 1, 2017 11:01 AM

    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.

  47. hopper15 says: Feb 1, 2017 11:20 AM

    Clearly the few people who are accusing Lynch of tampering didn’t read anything. This was from 2009.

  48. RegisHawk says: Feb 1, 2017 11:34 AM

    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…

  49. GrantRodgers says: Feb 1, 2017 1:38 PM

    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.

  50. wyboemail says: Feb 1, 2017 1:51 PM

    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.

  51. tuongotsriracha says: Feb 1, 2017 6:33 PM

    NO…. Keep Cutler in Chicago.

    -Packers fan

  52. larryboodry says: Feb 1, 2017 7:42 PM

    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.

  53. kabasaman says: Feb 3, 2017 2:54 PM

    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

  54. omeimontis says: Feb 5, 2017 2:37 AM

    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.

  55. immafubared says: Feb 5, 2017 4:51 PM

    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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