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Bears unlikely to extend Jay Cutler, could draft QB

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09:11 AM ET 03.17 | The Bears should not be looking for a developmental quarterback in April's NFL draft. They should be looking for a quarterback who could become a starter within a year. It has become increasingly evident the Bears are not about to extend the expiring contract of Jay Cutler. This is a smart move, as would beginning the process of finding his replacement, should that become necessary. If Cutler plays as he is capable, he can stop renting and buy instead. Giving him a rich contract will be all good.

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March 17, 2013  09:15 AM ET

There's a difference between the Trib saying they think something is evident, and actually getting the facts from Phil Emery. I'll go for the latter.

March 17, 2013  09:24 AM ET

Hard to argue with anything in that article.

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March 17, 2013  09:38 AM ET

Forget a QB in the draft, try getting an offensive line around Cutler.

March 17, 2013  09:41 AM ET

They have no choice but to let his contract play out this year. It is that or overpay him after Flacco got his. They can tag him the next two years. Cheaper in the long run perhaps. But drafting a qB has not been a bears strong point for sixty years now. Unless you think Jim McMahon mattered, which I do not.

March 17, 2013  09:49 AM ET
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They have no choice but to let his contract play out this year. It is that or overpay him after Flacco got his. They can tag him the next two years. Cheaper in the long run perhaps. But drafting a qB has not been a bears strong point for sixty years now. Unless you think Jim McMahon mattered, which I do not.

Only SB appearance and a win with McMahon. He may not be a legendary QB by any standard but he's the only Chicago QB that got the job done.

March 17, 2013  09:51 AM ET
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Forget a QB in the draft, try getting an offensive line around Cutler.

+1

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March 17, 2013  09:54 AM ET
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Morning, Mel.

Mornin' DJ

March 17, 2013  09:57 AM ET
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Only SB appearance and a win with McMahon. He may not be a legendary QB by any standard but he's the only Chicago QB that got the job done.

I remember that 46 defense. Bubby Brister could have won that year as their QB.

March 17, 2013  09:58 AM ET
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Forget a QB in the draft, try getting an offensive line around Cutler.

Not sure this draft has enough QBs for the teams that need them now let alone projects.

March 17, 2013  10:07 AM ET

If I am a Bears fan I would not like what the management is saying about my favorite team. Number one they think they cannot win with Cutler this year or beyond, and number two if they think there is a starter in this years draft for next season your team is going to be in worst shape down the road than it is now.

March 17, 2013  10:09 AM ET
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I remember that 46 defense. Bubby Brister could have won that year as their QB.

The Bears also had one of the better offenses in the league that season. And yes, they had Sweetness running the rock, but they didn't have to rely on him nearly as much as they did early in his career.

March 17, 2013  10:13 AM ET
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If I am a Bears fan I would not like what the management is saying about my favorite team. Number one they think they cannot win with Cutler this year or beyond, and number two if they think there is a starter in this years draft for next season your team is going to be in worst shape down the road than it is now.

The Bears haven't really said anything yet, though. This article is pure speculation based on what the Tribune perceives. The only thing missing is a comment credited to "an unnamed source".

March 17, 2013  10:14 AM ET
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The Bears haven't really said anything yet, though. This article is pure speculation based on what the Tribune perceives. The only thing missing is a comment credited to "an unnamed source".

No source likely, they gotta fill cyberspace with fact or fiction.

March 17, 2013  10:15 AM ET
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The Bears also had one of the better offenses in the league that season. And yes, they had Sweetness running the rock, but they didn't have to rely on him nearly as much as they did early in his career.

Quite the team. Odd in a way that that group won only one superbowl. The league was better then, more top teams. Better competition in the NFC especially.

March 17, 2013  10:19 AM ET
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Forget a QB in the draft, try getting an offensive line around Cutler.

If he doesn't learn to make quicker reads and get rid of the ball, it doesn't matter who they put in front of him.

 
March 17, 2013  10:27 AM ET
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I remember that 46 defense. Bubby Brister could have won that year as their QB.

Offense still scored over 40 points, he had to be hitting something! That was a great defense though.

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