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Make-or-break (the bank) season for Cutler

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07:53 AM ET 04.17 | Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler joked Monday that the offseason quarterback paydays didn't make him mad, and no wonder. [Assessing] his own situation, Cutler knows the deal. "You've got to win games to earn those contracts," he said Tuesday, just minutes after the club's first voluntary minicamp at the Walter Payton Center. "There are some big numbers being thrown out there. You can't get ahead of yourself. I'm in my last year obviously. I'm sure everyone knows that. So we'll play it out and see how it goes." ... Cutler, meanwhile, seemed perfectly comfortable with the perception that 2013 is a make-or-break season for him. "That's not up to me to decide. I'm not worried about those things."

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April 17, 2013  08:05 AM ET

Huh? Is Cutler looking for Flacco money? Rogers money?

Sorry, dude. You've got to earn it. Or, wait for the tag, because, well, because what else could they do?

April 17, 2013  08:39 AM ET

I think the media will be more worried about this than Cutler.

April 17, 2013  08:48 AM ET

The Cutler picture above.....we'll probably see more of that because he can't read defenses and audible out of plays. There was a time in 2010 i believe when Peyton Manning pretty much had the worst O-line in the league but he made them look good.

April 17, 2013  08:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Huh? Is Cutler looking for Flacco money? Rogers money?Sorry, dude. You've got to earn it. Or, wait for the tag, because, well, because what else could they do?

I was thinking the same thing. He's licking his chops hoping to become the next "highest paid player" after this coming season. Problem is, if he doesn't surprise them this year, there'd be no "potential" left to pay for.

April 17, 2013  09:39 AM ET

As long as he has that brain (or lack there of), he'll never have to worry about the burden of making a ton of money.

April 17, 2013  09:47 AM ET
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Problem is, if he doesn't surprise them this year, there'd be no "potential" left to pay for

As mediocre as his performance has been, I think he's still got them over a barrel. If he walks, what do the Bears do? They've got to either lock him up for a few more years or tag him in 2014 and spend that year looking for a replacement. Some years, it doesn't even pay to Suck for Luck.

April 17, 2013  10:18 AM ET

He saw Romo's payday...

He'll probably get more.

April 17, 2013  10:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

He saw Romo's payday... He'll probably get more.

Good analogy. Seems like he's got just enough to get your hopes up but never quite enough to fulfill them.

April 17, 2013  10:51 AM ET

Cutler is the current version of Steve DeBerg. Good, but not good enough to win in the post season.

April 17, 2013  11:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

As mediocre as his performance has been, I think he's still got them over a barrel. If he walks, what do the Bears do? They've got to either lock him up for a few more years or tag him in 2014 and spend that year looking for a replacement. Some years, it doesn't even pay to Suck for Luck.

Maybe they should be looking for his replacement now. I look at him being in the same position as Alex Smith 2 years ago.

April 17, 2013  11:19 AM ET

Chicago was smart they would think about A new young QB to learn the system this year.

April 17, 2013  11:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Huh? Is Cutler looking for Flacco money? Rogers money?Sorry, dude. You've got to earn it. Or, wait for the tag, because, well, because what else could they do?

I don't know if we read the same article at the top here, because to me it looks like that is exactly what he said.

If they can gety that O-line playing half way decent I can see him having a pretty good year.

April 17, 2013  11:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Huh? Is Cutler looking for Flacco money? Rogers money?Sorry, dude. You've got to earn it. Or, wait for the tag, because, well, because what else could they do?

Uh, yeah, Deb, that's pretty much what Cutler said in the article. One has to earn it.

April 17, 2013  11:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The Cutler picture above.....we'll probably see more of that because he can't read defenses and audible out of plays. There was a time in 2010 i believe when Peyton Manning pretty much had the worst O-line in the league but he made them look good.

In Cutler's last year in Denver he had the fewest sacks in the NFL. Just a little perspective for you. Yes, when you know you aren't going to have much time to get rid of the ball you have to make adjustments, but I don't put that all on Cutler. Having Martz's offense along with that line didn't help matters at all either.

April 17, 2013  11:51 AM ET

RIP, Pat Summerall. You were the best.

April 17, 2013  12:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The Cutler picture above.....we'll probably see more of that because he can't read defenses and audible out of plays. There was a time in 2010 i believe when Peyton Manning pretty much had the worst O-line in the league but he made them look good.

was manning playing in the same offense he had been for years?Cutler has never been in a system more than 2 years and never in one that fit him like the one he ran in denver. I would love to see manning in a martz offense, pretty sure he would get killed taking 19 step drops and not being able to audible like does now. even with that handicap Cutler took his team to the NFC championship game. I defy anyone to say manning,brady,rodgers or brees would have done any better in the offense Cutler had to run last year. run up the gut when facing a defense waiting for it. throw a screen pass to hester every third down. and don't forget the main play of the offense and that was watch Cutler run for his life while waiting for marshall to get open. considering what he has had to work with he deserves a big contract. he certainly is better than romo.

April 17, 2013  01:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

RIP, Pat Summerall. You were the best.

Amen

April 17, 2013  01:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

RIP, Pat Summerall. You were the best.

This is the very first time I have ever quoted Jerry Jones other than to throw tomatoes at him, but what he said about Summerall summed it up beautifully.

"For a man who could dramatically capture a moment with very few words," Jones said, "there simply aren't enough words to adequately describe what he meant to sports and broadcasting in this country."

April 17, 2013  04:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Huh? Is Cutler looking for Flacco money? Rogers money?Sorry, dude. You've got to earn it. Or, wait for the tag, because, well, because what else could they do?

He literally say in the first sentence that he knows that he has to earn to contract. Cutler has shown that he is able to learn new systems year after year no matter how ridiculous they are. If the O-line can just play a average level I think he is going to have a great year.

 
April 17, 2013  08:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Chicago was smart they would think about A new young QB to learn the system this year.

I don't think it will take him long to learn to run for his life.

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