The Bears would gladly get rid of Jay Cutler if anyone would take his contract off their hands. But that’s not going to happen.
Dan Bernstein of WSCR in Chicago reported today that the Bears are actively shopping Cutler and would move him for a “reasonable return.” But so far, the Bears haven’t received any enticing offers.
The reason, of course, is that Cutler and his agent fleeced the Bears when they got the team to agree to a huge contract extension in 2013. That contract guarantees Cutler $15.5 million in 2015 and $10 million in 2016. There’s just no way that any team is going to trade for the right to pay Cutler that much money, after a season in which Cutler played so poorly that he got benched.
As CSN Chicago’s John Mullin noted on today’s PFT Live, everyone within the Bears seems resigned to the fact that they’re stuck with Cutler for at least this year, and probably next year, too.
“It will still be the shock of the millennium if he’s not a Bear. They’ll listen to trades but there really are not many teams that will take on a $15.5 million salary, which would also commit you to $10 million in 2016,” Mullin said.
The $15.5 million the Bears owe Cutler this year is, at this point, a sunk cost. And the only way out of the $10 million commitment in 2016 is to cut Cutler now. The Bears might consider that, but it seems unlikely. Even more unlikely is some other team being willing to pay Cutler that kind of money. Cutler isn’t going anywhere.