Jay Cutler | QB | Chicago Bears
Posted: 3/27/2014 10:36pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler restructured his deal Thursday, March 27, to free up $4 million in salary cap space.
Huddle Up: A key for Cutler will be his health as he hasn't played a full season since 2009 -- his first year in the Windy City -- missing a combined 13 games over the past 4 campaigns.
Posted: 2/11/2014 11:46pm et
Former Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo, the GM that pulled off the trade to acquire QB Jay Cutler in 2009, said Cutler has all the tools except for the fact that he isn't clutch. 'Has all the physical tools, but inconsistent in the clutch,' Angelo wrote. 'Mostly due to a lack of poise. He's not comfortable reading defenses and consequently locks onto a favorite or pre-determined target, that may or may not be the right choice. The less he's asked to see the better he is. A better half-field general, than a full-field one.'
Huddle Up: Clutch or not, any Cutler shortcomings can't be blamed on the surrounding talent anymore as the arrival of TE Martellus Bennett, the emergence of WR Alshon Jeffery and continued excellence of wideout Brandon Marshall and RB Matt Forte gave the QB one of the best arsenals in the league this past season.
Posted: 1/2/2014 12:35pm et
The Chicago Bears re-signed QB Jay Cutler to a seven-year deal. Terms were not officially disclosed, but reports say the deal will pay Cutler an average of $18 million per season over the first three years.
Huddle Up: The Bears quickly assessed the quarterback landscape and figured they were much better with Cutler than forging ahead with a new QB. The team had to overpay, but that's how it goes with QBs in NFL 2014. In any case, the immediate future is bright for Cutler with the Bears' stockpile of talent (WRs Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, TE Martellus Bennett and RB Matt Forte) around him, giving him the tools he needs to be a top-10 fantasy QB, provided he stays healthy.
Posted: 1/1/2014 12:29pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler said Tuesday, Dec. 31, in a radio interview that his representation and the club will try and work on a new deal so he can remain with the team, but he is still uncertain about his future in Chicago. 'We'll find equal ground. We'll get it worked out,' Cutler said. 'I don't know when it's going to happen. And eventually it might not happen. But we're going to take a crack at it, I'm sure.'
Huddle Up: Still seems like the Titans, if they aren't sold on Jake Locker, would make a financial run at the former Vanderbilt QB if given the opportunity. So it's up to the Bears to make sure that opportunity doesn't present itself.
Posted: 12/31/2013 4:01pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler is confident that he'll reach an agreement with the team on a multi-year contract before the start of the 2014 NFL league year March 11. 'I'm confident in our ability (to get a deal done), and (in Bears general manager) Phil (Emery) and (team Chairman) George (McCaskey) and everyone over there that we'll find equal ground and get it worked out,' Cutler said. 'I don't know when it's going to happen, and eventually, it might not happen. But we're going to take a crack at it for sure.'
Huddle Up: The Bears won't break the bank to keep Cutler around, but there's no question they'd prefer to have him under center. The key might be for Chicago to lock Cutler up before the Titans have a chance to throw money at him in an attempt to get him to return to Nashville, where he played his college ball.
Posted: 12/12/2013 4:19pm et
Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (ankle) will start in the team's Week 15 game.
Huddle Up: True to their word, the Bears are going back to Cutler and sending Josh McCown and his 13/1 TD/interception ratio back to the bench. Hopefully you have rostered both QBs, and as for the team's talented pass-catchers, it shouldn't affect them much one way or the other.
Posted: 12/11/2013 5:12pm et
The Chicago Bears likely will allow QB Jay Cutler to hit the free-agent market this offseason unless he is willing to accept a team-friendly contract.
Huddle Up: It will be an interesting offseason in Chicago, to be sure. Of course, wherever Jay Cutler lands could have a huge impact in the fantasy realm.
Posted: 12/11/2013 1:57pm et
Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman said the team will name a starting quarterback Thursday, Dec. 12, after QB Jay Cutler (ankle) participates in the team's walkthrough Wednesday, Dec. 11. Trestman said he is optimistic that Cutler will be able to play Week 15.
Huddle Up: Keep an eye on this situation tomorrow, in case you might have Jay Cutler itching to get into your starting lineup.
Posted: 12/10/2013 11:11am et
Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman said QB Jay Cutler (ankle) is still the team's starting quarterback. Cutler will have to practice in full this week in order to play in Week 15.
Huddle Up: Nice dilemma to have for Da Bears, with Josh McCown playing extremely well and Cutler poised to return. Hopefully you've stashed both on your fantasy roster and can make the corresponding move when Chicago names their starter.
Posted: 12/7/2013 3:55pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (ankle) sat out of practice to rest Saturday, Dec. 7. His status for Week 15 is uncertain.
Huddle Up: Cutler is out for Monday night's game against Dallas. He's hoping to return next week at Cleveland but fantasy owners should look elsewhere for a quarterback at this point in the season.
Posted: 12/5/2013 11:13pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (ankle) has been ruled out of the team's Week 14 game.
Huddle Up: Cutler will miss his 5th start in the Bears' last 6 games, meaning Josh McCown gets another start and a shot at the Cowboys' last-ranked defense in terms of fantasy points given up to opposing QBs.
Posted: 12/4/2013 4:04pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (ankle) has yet to be cleared to return to practice Thursday, Dec. 5.
Huddle Up: Take note if you were counting on a return this week.
Posted: 12/4/2013 12:11pm et
Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery said the team doesn't want to use the franchise tag on QB Jay Cutler. 'With the franchise tag being so high for the quarterback position, to use it and not sign the individual to a long-term deal hurts the team because you lose the ability to prorate the amount of guaranteed salary over the length of the contract,' Emery said.
Huddle Up: The Bears will have time this offseason to work on re-signing Cutler, and his injury-marred 2013 might serve to keep his price tag down.
Posted: 12/4/2013 12:16am et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (ankle) said he's been feeling better, but head coach Marc Trestman is still referring to him as 'week-to-week.' Cutler was hoping to return in Week 14 against the Dallas Cowboys. 'Getting better,' Cutler said. 'Still got to talk to the doctors, gotta go through some stuff this week. I don't know. I think if we're gonna have any shot at playing, I'm gonna have to practice (this week). I still feel like I'm gonna get back here really soon. I want to play. It's just the trainers and doctors and going through the scenario we've got to go through.' Cutler said he ran on a treadmill and felt fine Monday, Dec. 2.
Huddle Up: Cutler has missed 3 straight and 4 of the Bears' last 5 games, and a Week 14 return sounds a bit iffy at this point. See, however, if he can get back on the practice field this week. If not, productive backup Josh McCown will have another favorable matchup with the Cowboys.
Posted: 12/2/2013 4:47pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (ankle) said he hopes to play Week 14 but has not been cleared to play at this point.
Huddle Up: This would be a good thing for Brandon Marshall. Hopefully Cutler can play, but watch out for an announcement on his status later this week.
Posted: 11/25/2013 8:38pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (ankle) said he hopes to be able play in the team's Week 14 or Week 15 game. He said he definitely will be able to play again this season.
Huddle Up: That would put Cutler's return smack dab in the middle of the fantasy postseason, making for some tough decisions for fantasy owners weighing whether to throw a QB back into the mix after a month's absence.
Posted: 11/25/2013 4:29pm et
Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman said QB Jay Cutler (ankle) is not expected to play in the team's Week 13 game.
Huddle Up: It's starting to look like Cutler might be missing for the fantasy playoffs.
Posted: 11/21/2013 11:58am et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler had the hard cast removed from his left ankle and was wearing a brace Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: Josh McCown is holding his own at quarterback, allowing the Bears to not rush Cutler back to the lineup. Expect the Bears to be a little more cautious with Cutler this time around so that when Jay does return it's a little more permanent than last time.
Posted: 11/18/2013 8:16pm et
Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (ankle) said he hopes to be able to play in the team's Week 13 game but is not sure if he will able to play that week because there are some ligament issues in his injured ankle.
Huddle Up: Josh McCown will start this week against the Rams and likely a game or two beyond that, and his fantasy owners are hoping his sub-par Week 11 showing (216 passing yards, 1 TD) was a one-week aberration.
Posted: 11/11/2013 4:55pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (ankle, groin) has been ruled out for Week 11.
Huddle Up: This comes as a bit of a surprise after it seemed he would be "fine" this week. If you were counting on Cutler as a bye-week fill-in, time to find a new quarterback.
Posted: 11/11/2013 12:20pm et
Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (ankle, groin) will have more tests for his sprained left ankle Monday, Nov. 11. He was injured in the fourth quarter of the Week 10 game against the Detroit Lions.
Huddle Up: Cutler was both gritty and gutty in playing through the groin injury, but the groin/ankle combo knocked him to the sidelines. Josh McCown would be in line to fill in should Cutler remain out of the lineup; at minimum he's capable of feeding Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, which constitutes the bulk of the Bears' passing game.
Posted: 11/10/2013 11:39pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (ankle) limped off the field in the Week 10 game, and his return is questionable. QB Josh McCown has entered the game.
Huddle Up: He had an up-and-down day before getting pulled, rather unexpectedly in the middle of a comeback. Keep an eye on him this week.
Posted: 11/8/2013 1:49pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (groin) was using different mechanics then he did prior to his injury in his plant leg in the portion of practice open to the media Thursday, Nov. 7. In practice, Cutler brought his right foot off the ground much higher than usual. Cutler insisted he is fully healthy and can avoid the Detroit Lions pass rush.
Huddle Up: This issue will be key for those fantasy owners who need to start Cutler this week as the last thing they need is for the QB to depart with early-game re-aggravation.
Posted: 11/7/2013 2:26pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (groin) has been cleared to play, and is expected to start in the team's Week 10 game. Cutler fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 7.
Huddle Up: Josh McCown had a nice 2-game run, but Cutler, who averaged 23.17 fantasy points per outing over the Bears' first 6 contests, will be back at the helm for the team's Week 10 division showdown against the Lions.
Posted: 11/7/2013 1:08pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (groin) is practicing Thursday, Nov. 7, suggesting he'll be active in Week 10.
Huddle Up: Whether or not the Bears will rush Cutler back into the starting lineup remains to be seen, but his return to practice suggests he'll be on the field sooner rather than later. With a favorable fantasy schedule down the stretch, Cutler is a great guy to pick up or buy low on prior to your league's trade deadline.
Posted: 11/5/2013 10:49pm et
Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (groin) acknowledged that he isn't a lock to return to face the Detroit Lions in Week 10. Cutler has tried platelet-rich plasma injections, an ARP machine and has gone on a strict diet in order to return earlier than expected from his groin tear, but ultimately it won't be up to him when he comes back. 'I was aiming for the Green Bay game, and that didn't happen. So I don't think we can say I'll be out there for the Detroit game,' Cutler said. 'We're trying everything we can to get out there. It feels good, but I haven't practiced. I haven't been in a live situation and done all the cuts and the drops and saw how it felt yet.'
Huddle Up: As we said following the Monday night game, the Bears have the luxury of waiting for Cutler to fully heal given backup Josh McCown's strong showing over the past 2 games.
Posted: 11/4/2013 8:36pm et
According to a team source, Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (groin) plans to return to start the Week 10 game against the Detroit Lions barring any setbacks.
Huddle Up: That would put the QB ahead of schedule and would mean he would only miss 1 game -- the Monday, Nov. 4 tilt against the Packers.
Posted: 11/1/2013 10:20am et
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall said he believes QB Jay Cutler (groin) has a chance to play Week 9 because he is working hard in his rehab. 'I'm expecting him to be on the field against Green Bay,' Marshall said. 'I'm not ruling out Green Bay. I heard [head coach Marc Trestman] talking about doctors, their diagnoses and talking all that big talk. But we need to get Jay out there for Green Bay.'
Huddle Up: Seems aggressive, and fantasy owners certainly can't trust Cutler unless their only other option is Josh McCown--in which case you'll have to actually watch the pregame.
Posted: 10/21/2013 2:55pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (groin) will miss at least four weeks because of a torn groin muscle.
Huddle Up: This could be bad news for Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
Posted: 10/21/2013 12:37am et
Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (groin) will have an MRI to determine the severity of the groin injury he suffered in the Week 7 game against the Washington Redskins.
Huddle Up: Rumors are circulating that the injury is a "bad one." Hopefully that isn't the case for Cutler, but the Bears did bring Jesse Palmer up to re-sign with the team. It looks like Cutler could be out for at least a little while.
Posted: 8/20/2013 2:25pm et
Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman said Monday, Aug. 19, that neither QB Jay Cutler nor QB Josh McCown will play in the preseason finale Aug. 29, against the Cleveland Browns. QBs Trent Edwards and Jordan Palmer will get a chance to earn a job, likely splitting the reps. QB Matt Blanchard (hand) was in line to be the third quarterback, but he suffered a hand injury which might sideline him up to a month.
Huddle Up: Sitting out the 4th preseason contest is league SOP for most veteran starters, but make no mistake, this is a key year -- a contract year -- for Cutler in Chicago. Playing in coach Marc Trestman's new offense, it's been an uninspiring preseason so far for Cutler as he's completed 10-of-13 passes for 94 yards, 1 TD and 2 picks while being sacked 3 times.
Posted: 7/25/2013 12:39pm et
Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery said the team will not agree to contract extensions for any players, including QB Jay Cutler, until after the 2013 season. 'I guess if you're saying an enormous amount of leverage (for Cutler) that means we've had a great season,' Emery said. 'That's a problem I look forward to.'
Huddle Up: The onus is on Cutler to go out and perform. After all, he hasn't topped 2,300 yards or 23 TDs since his first season in the Windy City (2009), and the Bears are banking on a much-improved passing game with the arrival of offensive-minded head coach Marc Trestman.
Posted: 7/18/2013 1:51pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler said he is not worried about his contract situation at this point and will allow things to play out during the season. 'That stuff takes care of itself. As long as we're winning football games and I'm playing well, hopefully they keep me around. If that doesn't happen, we'll see how it plays out," Cutler said. "I'm not going to be distracted by it. I can't worry about it. I've been in this league long enough. I've seen guys come and guys go. It will work out the way it's supposed to work out."
Huddle Up: Despite the addition of old running mate Brandon Marshall last season, Cutler finished a surprising & disappointing 23rd among fantasy QBs (Huddle Performance), leaving him on the roster fringes in 10-12-team leagues. Look for the coaching change and (hopefully) some better protection from a reconfigured offensive front to give Cutler's stats a decent boost in 2013.
Posted: 6/14/2013 10:38pm et
Chicago Bears quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh said the team wants QB Jay Cutler to throw the ball quicker in order to avoid some sacks. "We've stressed that we want the ball out. There's a rhythm to what we do. He appreciates that, and he knows if he's getting the ball out he's not getting hit. We're all involved in it and everybody is responsible for it. Since we said Day 1 that's our No. 1 goal, we've got to live up to it and make sure we are not holding onto the ball forever," Cavanaugh said.
Huddle Up: Getting rid of the ball quicker will help Cutler avoid the copious sacks he's been prone to behind the Bears' shaky offensive line. Bears coach Marc Trestman has had plenty of success getting previous quarterbacks to function within his system; it's perhaps the biggest reason the Bears hired him. The benefit of fewer sacks, coupled with Chicago's bevy of quality WCO targets, should help Cutler surpass the ordinary stats he's put up as a Bear and perhaps even approach the big numbers he was accumulating in Denver.
Posted: 6/12/2013 12:53am et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler confirmed he recently married actress Kristin Cavallari. The quarterback said he feels much older after exchanging vows.
Huddle Up: Maybe marriage and fatherhood will bring more maturity to the QB, who's been known to sulk and lash out at teammates when things aren't going well.
Posted: 5/16/2013 8:05am et
Chicago Bears quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh said he has been very impressed with QB Jay Cutler this offseason. "Very impressed with Jay," Cavanaugh said. 'Very impressed. He's borderline football brilliant. I think he gets it. I think he knows the game. I think he knows offensive schemes. I think he knows defenses." Cavanaugh said the coaches are open to listening to Cutler's ideas about the offense and that Cutler will have a say in the offense.
Huddle Up: Part of the reason Marc Trestman was brought in was to get the most out of Cutler, and Cavanaugh's addition to the staff furthers that agenda. If the coaching staff is taking suggestions from Cutler, that will go a long way towards keeping the famously dour Cutler happy. And a happy Cutler tends to be a productive Cutler.
Posted: 5/2/2013 1:09pm et
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler is happy to see the team's management made protecting their quarterback a priority after adding to the offensive line through free agency and with two draft picks. The team added OT Jermon Bushrod and OG Matt Slauson via free agency, and then picked OG Kyle Long with the 20th overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft before selecting OT Jordan Mills in the fifth round. "(The coaching staff is) going to make sure everyone knows their assignments and we are protected," Cutler said in a radio interview.
Huddle Up: While Cutler isn't exactly a sympathetic figure, he does deserve better protection after being sacked 113 times in 40 games over the past 3 seasons -- the third highest total in the league over that span.