According to Mike Silver of NFL.com, there’s a “very real possibility” that the Chicago Bears will decide to move on from quarterback Jay Cutler after this season and decide to not sign him to a contract extension.
And while it generally has been presumed that Cutler, whose contract expires after the 2013 season, will remain Chicago’s quarterback in 2014 and beyond — whether via the franchise tag or a lucrative, long-term contract — there is a very real possibility that the Bears’ powers that be (Trestman and general manager Phil Emery) will elect to set him free.
Even though Cutler has looked a lot better this season and has bought into head coach Marc Trestman’s offense, there are still plenty of concerns with how many turnovers he gives up each week.
That said, some of the old, bad habits that dogged Cutler in past regimes, such as waiting too long to throw the ball and holding it too low as he stands in the pocket, have resurfaced at inopportune times. He had four turnovers in the Bears’ first defeat of the season, a 40-32 setback to the Detroit Lions three weeks ago. In seven games, he’s totaled seven interceptions and four fumbles.
Cutler is certainly a franchise quarterback, but it sounds like the Bears have run out of patience with him. Not only is he inconsistent, he finds a way to suffer a significant injury every year that puts Chicago in a bind.