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Make-or-break year for Cutler

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07:08 AM ET 07.09 | The question has already been asked: Would Jay Cutler consider a hometown discount? He didn't write off the idea, but there is an issue that is much more pertinent when it comes to the 30-year-old quarterback. Before you can assess what kind of discount there might be for the Bears, the club has to establish a marketplace for Cutler. That's the real challenge. What is his value to the Bears? It's also one of the key storylines to this season. ... Cutler enters the final year of his contract with a base salary of $8.47 million. With anything less than a deep playoff run and a solid regular season, it's going to be impossible for him to command a contract that approaches the top at his position.

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July 9, 2013  07:34 AM ET

I think the key issue for Chicago is how much money Dallas paid Tony Romo. I'm pretty sure Jay noticed that and wants something similar.

July 9, 2013  07:52 AM ET

This headline has been run every year since Cutler was drafted.

July 9, 2013  07:56 AM ET

Break year.......

July 9, 2013  08:22 AM ET

That's a fumble. Another turnover by Cutler..

July 9, 2013  08:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

This headline has been run every year since Cutler was drafted.

Exactly

July 9, 2013  08:28 AM ET

If it looks like a t**d, smells like a t**d then odds are it's a t**d.

Cutler is what he is and he's never going to be the guy they want him to be.

July 9, 2013  08:44 AM ET

Cutler will absolutely get big money next year. GM's know what he can do and still have tape of him in Denver when he had an O-line and Flacco, the highest paid player, has a career rating 2 points higher with MUCH better players around him.

July 9, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I think the key issue for Chicago is how much money Dallas paid Tony Romo. I'm pretty sure Jay noticed that and wants something similar.

Nah... QB's are always gonna get paid and the bar is always getting raised.

The Romo contract isn't the bar anymore.

July 9, 2013  08:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Nah... QB's are always gonna get paid and the bar is always getting raised. The Romo contract isn't the bar anymore.

Every new contract becomes the "bar".

Eli was the bar once. With Tom and Peyton in their prime.

July 9, 2013  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

If it looks like a t**d, smells like a t**d then odds are it's a t**d.

I'll be the first person to admit that Jay has left a lot to be desired while he's been in Chicago, but I'm not going to overlook those craptastic O-lines he's been stuck behind, or the fact the his OCs have been the likes of "where are they now?" coaches like Mike Martz and Mike Tice. Having said that, Marc Trestman knows offense, and what it takes for a QB to succeed, and he and Phil Emery have been putting the pieces in place that they believe can help Cutler best. It will be all on Jay in 2013.

July 9, 2013  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Every new contract becomes the "bar". Eli was the bar once. With Tom and Peyton in their prime.

HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!!

July 9, 2013  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Every new contract becomes the "bar". Eli was the bar once. With Tom and Peyton in their prime.

Those guys all have rings. Jay and Romo have spotty playoff records. Jay will get big money, but he's not going to raise the bar higher than those other guys.

July 9, 2013  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Jay will get big money, but he's not going to raise the bar higher than those other guys.

I can't argue with that.

July 9, 2013  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I can't argue with that.

DA BEARS!

July 9, 2013  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I can't argue with that.

Nope.

July 9, 2013  09:24 AM ET

This story is backwards. It is cutler in charge. Period. He is guaranteed $15 million if they have to tag him in 2014 and 20% more , $18 million , in 2015 if they do not find a contract number he agrees to.

They don't just release him. No way, no how. For who? Matt hasselback or the return of Rex Grossman?

July 9, 2013  09:39 AM ET

Which raises the question;

WHY HAVEN"T / WHEN WILL THE BEARS DRAFT A QB?

They don't even have very good backup QB's, if they had good backup QB's then they could pressure Cutler for his job.

July 9, 2013  09:45 AM ET

The Bears right now have no other option at QB. Unfortunately. Cutler is not a QB that will get bears to playoffs. in next years draft the bears need to concentrate on acquiring a replacement for Cutler.

July 9, 2013  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I'll be the first person to admit that Jay has left a lot to be desired while he's been in Chicago, but I'm not going to overlook those craptastic O-lines he's been stuck behind, or the fact the his OCs have been the likes of "where are they now?" coaches like Mike Martz and Mike Tice. Having said that, Marc Trestman knows offense, and what it takes for a QB to succeed, and he and Phil Emery have been putting the pieces in place that they believe can help Cutler best. It will be all on Jay in 2013.

Trestman better come to a determination this year if Cutler is his man. If Da Bears don't make the playoffs then Trestman needs to drop Cutler and go hunting for a franchise QB or soon Trestman will be on the Hot Seat.

 
July 9, 2013  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Which raises the question; WHY HAVEN"T / WHEN WILL THE BEARS DRAFT A QB? They don't even have very good backup QB's, if they had good backup QB's then they could pressure Cutler for his job.

don't know. this last draft would have been a good one to take a flyer in round 4 on one. They had no 3rd round pick and traded down 10 spots in round 5 just so they could get an extra 7th round pick? Really? they did pick a WR in that 7th round that is talented but had more red flags on him coming out of his ears ( Wilson).

They went for defense. It tells me Cutler owns them and he will dictate that next contract, and they will abide.

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