Jay Cutler’s season appears to be over.
Tests on Cutler’s throwing shoulder revealed a torn labrum that will end his season, according to NFL Network. Cutler will get a second opinion, but at the moment it appears that he’ll miss the final six games of 2016.
The Bears are certainly acting like a team that expects to be without Cutler for a while, signing quarterback David Fales today.
Cutler’s tenure as the Bears’ quarterback may be over as well. Although Cutler is technically under contract through 2020, his contract is structured in such a way that it’s easy for the Bears to get out of it this offseason. He’ll only cost $2 million against the Bears’ cap if they cut him, but he’ll cost $16 million if they bring him back on his current contract.
The 2-8 Bears are likely to look for a new franchise quarterback of the future in the offseason.