Report: Jay Cutler will be Bears quarterback in 2015, no truth to trade rumors
Rumors have been rampant of late that indicated the Chicago Bears were ready to move on from Jay Cutler. A report from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen appears to contradict and invalidate those reports.
A Bears source reportedly stated that there was “absolutely zero truth” to reports that the Bears were actively shopping the quarterback, Mortensen says, and that the team intends to roll with Cutler in 2015.
The belief that the Bears were prepared to jettison Cutler have been partly spawned by his ineffectiveness and erratic play but also due to the total overhaul of the team’s coaching staff and management. Out were head coach Marc Trestman and general manager Phil Emery, the former being brought in as a so-called “quarterback guru” who was tasked with “fixing” Cutler and the latter being the man who signed the quarterback to a seven-year, $126.7 million contract in January 2014.
Replacing Emery and Trestman were Ryan Pace and John Fox, neither of whom have issued any public endorsement or support on behalf of Cutler. Fox has been provided opportunities to give Cutler a vote of confidence, but refused to do so, claiming at the NFL Scouting Combine that he was still evaluating the position. It didn’t help when Fox referred to Cutler as “Jake” during his introductory press conference, either.
Mortensen adds in his report that sources told him that the new staff, specifically new offensive coordinator Adam Gase, have been “enthusiastically making plans with a playbook they believe will accentuate Cutler’s strengths with the available talent around him.”
Cutler’s 2014 campaign, not to mention the Bears’ season as a whole, was an unmitigated failure. While the quarterback put up big numbers in terms of yardage (3,812, the second-most in his career) and touchdown passes (28, a career-high), his performance was spotty overall and consistently erratic, throwing 18 interceptions (tied for second-most in career) and go along with 12 fumbles (six lost).
But it appears that the Bears are prepared to roll with Cutler — if Mortensen’s sources are reliable — meaning he will earn $15.5 million this season. If he is still on the roster come Thursday afternoon — which appears to be the case — he is guaranteed another $10 million for the 2016.
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