Bears GM Ryan Pace describes Jay Cutler’s status as ‘fluid’
Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace described Jay Cutler’s status with the team as “fluid,” despite reports the team is desperately trying to trade him.
Amid all the rumors and speculation, Pace on Wednesday credited Cutler’s agent Bus Cook for helping the process along while not divulging much else.
“Jay’s under contract, so it’s fluid. I would describe it as fluid,” Pace said at the NFL Scouting Combine, via ESPN.
The Bears cannot do anything with Cutler, who underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, until he passes a physical. Pace provided an update on Cutler’s rehab status as well, saying he’s “far along in his rehab.”
“I wouldn’t say he’s there yet, but he’s definitely ahead of [schedule],” Pace said of Cutler. “He hasn’t gotten to that point yet [where he’s been medically cleared], but he’s ahead of schedule.”
While there’s seemingly no chance of Cutler returning to the Bears, Pace didn’t completely shut the door on the possibility.
“At this point we pretty much have everything on the table,” Pace said. “For us, to do it the responsible way, that’s necessary.”
Cutler’s future has been the topic of much speculation the entire offseason. A report last week suggested Cutler may be contemplating retirement, which obviously would make any further discussions a moot point.
If that’s not the case and Cutler continues to play, it’s unlikely the Bears will be able to swing a deal to unload the soon-to-be 34-year-old, with his contract and cap hit numbers serving as arguably impassable roadblocks to any trade talks (more on that here).
The Bears reportedly will cut Cutler if the team is unable to trade him, and as noted, that doesn’t seem likely. In other words, the writing is probably on the wall and the Bears will be cutting Cutler loose once he passes a physical, no matter what Pace is saying.