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Bears GM doesn't want to use franchise tag on Jay Cutler

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02:46 PM ET 12.04 | Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is heading toward free agency. The only think that would prevent him from hitting free agency would be a contract extension or the franchise tag. The latter isn't an option that Bears general manager Phil Emery wants to use. Some have speculated that Bears head coach and quarterback guru Marc Trestman might find someone more suitable to his style and someone that he can mold. Cutler has said that he wants to stay.

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December 5, 2013  01:39 AM ET

You mean he said he wanted to stay if the price is right

December 5, 2013  02:02 AM ET

The Bears would love Manziel in Chicago, he could bust out the old headbands with messages much like Jim McMahon did back in the mid 80s.

December 5, 2013  04:31 AM ET

Why franchise a non-franchise QB?

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December 5, 2013  06:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The Bears would love Manziel in Chicago, he could bust out the old headbands with messages much like Jim McMahon did back in the mid 80s.

Goofy headbands?

Whatever.

December 5, 2013  07:42 AM ET

Franchise Cutler? Just another dumb move by the Bears.

December 5, 2013  07:42 AM ET
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Goofy headbands? Whatever.

You don't remember that controversy? It was hilarious. McMahon wore a non-NFL-approved headband, and was fined by then-Commissioner Pete Rozelle. The next week, he showed up with a plain white headband on which he'd written "ROZELLE" with a marker.

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December 5, 2013  08:04 AM ET

Comes down to whether Emery thinks they can go to the next level with Cutler or "someone else".

Funny thing about "someone else"... you never quite know who that is.

December 5, 2013  08:26 AM ET

Well the useless Mock Draft on SI's front page a couple days ago had them drafting the QB out of LSU. That same day, the Oregon QB said he was staying in school and the LSU QB tore his ACL. Who knew mock drafts were so helpful in December?

December 5, 2013  08:39 AM ET

Cutler would be a serviceable back-up for someone.

December 5, 2013  08:46 AM ET
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Cutler would be a serviceable back-up for someone.

He doesn't have the attitude to be a 'backup', anymore than Maria Callas would have sung in a chorus line.

December 5, 2013  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

You don't remember that controversy? It was hilarious. McMahon wore a non-NFL-approved headband, and was fined by then-Commissioner Pete Rozelle. The next week, he showed up with a plain white headband on which he'd written "ROZELLE" with a marker.

Oh, I do remember it.

I'm just not convinced about Manziel's future in the NFL (drafting QBs out of college seems to be more of a gamble than ever).

December 5, 2013  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Comes down to whether Emery thinks they can go to the next level with Cutler or "someone else". Funny thing about "someone else"... you never quite know who that is.

Exactly. It's much easier said than done. No guarantees that a QB who succeeded in college can successfully transition to the pros, and free agent QB who flourished on one NFL team might not do nearly as well on another team (different coach, different playbook, et cetera).

December 5, 2013  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Franchise Cutler? Just another dumb move by the Bears.

So you think they should sign him to a long-term deal?

December 5, 2013  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Oh, I do remember it. I'm just not convinced about Manziel's future in the NFL (drafting QBs out of college seems to be more of a gamble than ever).

Drafting Manziel in particular seems like it will be a gamble. If that gamble pays off, it would obviously be huge, but it seems the risk is far greater than the potential for reward in his case. If it was my choice, and I had to take a QB in the draft class of 2014, I'd take a much more serious look at A.J. McCarron.

December 5, 2013  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Exactly. It's much easier said than done. No guarantees that a QB who succeeded in college can successfully transition to the pros, and free agent QB who flourished on one NFL team might not do nearly as well on another team (different coach, different playbook, et cetera).

If it were me... I'd franchise him.

What's your take Mel?

December 5, 2013  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

So you think they should sign him to a long-term deal?

Nope......

December 5, 2013  09:36 AM ET

The Bears could sure use a little bit of luck at QB!

 
December 5, 2013  09:47 AM ET
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If it were me... I'd franchise him. What's your take Mel?

All things considered, I would franchise him, too.

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