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07:25 AM ET 12.19 | Is Jay Cutler a franchise quarterback? That's the big question Phil Emery will have to decide in the coming months. By now, we all know there are three options: Slap the franchise tag on him (According to NFL.com's Albert Breer, the projected franchise-tag number for a quarterback in 2014 will be $16.2 million. Sign him to a long-term deal. Cut ties with Cutler and let him sign elsewhere. Whatever the outcome, one thing is for sure -- next season, he'll [be] commanding similar money to the top five quarterbacks in the NFL. But do his stats warrant such a thing? According to Spotrac.com, the top-paid quarterbacks in 2013 (based on salary cap hit) are: Eli Manning, $20,850,000 ... Matthew Stafford, $17,820,000 ... Peyton Manning, $17,500,000 ... Drew Brees, $17,474,000 ... Tom Brady, $13,800,000.

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December 19, 2013  07:46 AM ET

Hey Emery, as Grandmaster Flash used to say, "DON'T DO IT!"

December 19, 2013  08:28 AM ET

Unlike legendary Cutler none of those other names have 102 ints and 24 turnovers in 8 seasons

December 19, 2013  08:40 AM ET

Cutler for $16 million, Webster needs to update their definition of stupid if that happens.

December 19, 2013  08:43 AM ET

That's a good question, so far they are track for the playoffs, if they get in, he should get strong consideration! If not he will wind up with the Vikings or Jets!!!

December 19, 2013  08:46 AM ET

Well if you can pay $20,850,000 for Eli then Cutler might be worth $16,000,000. or theres and idiot on both teams doing the wheeling and dealing.

December 19, 2013  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Well if you can pay $20,850,000 for Eli then Cutler might be worth $16,000,000. or theres and idiot on both teams doing the wheeling and dealing.

Except that one of those idiots has a Super Bowl ring on each hand

December 19, 2013  09:09 AM ET

They'll pay it.

December 19, 2013  09:10 AM ET

hey,....he's worth it if it's a [4-yr./16-mill.] deal......!!

December 19, 2013  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Well if you can pay $20,850,000 for Eli then Cutler might be worth $16,000,000. or theres and idiot on both teams doing the wheeling and dealing.

Pay and cap number are two different items. I suspect if Cutler had two SB wins with MVPs, the bidding would start at $16 million per year and go up from there.

But he doesn't.

December 19, 2013  09:25 AM ET

I guess I'm one who'll be surprised if the Bears go in a different direction at QB.

December 19, 2013  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I guess I'm one who'll be surprised if the Bears go in a different direction at QB.

You're not the only one.

I see Cutler coming back. McCown basically can't (won't) re-sign because of rules regarding vets with one-year deals, and nobody will pay an exhorbinant amount for Cutler's services.

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December 19, 2013  09:36 AM ET

I'm predicting the Texans sign him and draft Clowney... just a hunch....

December 19, 2013  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Cutler is not worth that type of money.

Any other suggestions for QB?

December 19, 2013  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

You're not the only one. I see Cutler coming back. McCown basically can't (won't) re-sign because of rules regarding vets with one-year deals, and nobody will pay an exhorbinant amount for Cutler's services.

I still can't believe the Bears lost their chance to deal with MCown before his current deal expires because of a single dollar.

December 19, 2013  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Cutler for $16 million, Webster needs to update their definition of stupid if that happens.

I agree cutlers not worth the money but who do you get that's much better?
There's a reason teams like the vikes and the jags are without a qb there hard to come by

December 19, 2013  09:45 AM ET

As much as I don't want him to go, Trestman and McCown have shown this season that this system makes the QB, not the other way around. $16 mil is too much for a team with problems with run defense and free agent CB's.

December 19, 2013  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Any other suggestions for QB?

Back to the draft. They've been so good at drafting QB's so it shouldn't be a problem. /facepalm

December 19, 2013  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Unlike legendary Cutler none of those other names have 102 ints and 24 turnovers in 8 seasons

I'm not sure about staffords numbers but it seems to me he throws quite a few to the other team

 
December 19, 2013  09:47 AM ET

If the Bears let Cutler go, there will be teams willing to pay him that kind of money... there's always a GM or coach who is convinced they know better, or can do better than the previous coach was able to.

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