On Tuesday, Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery took to the team’s website to chat with fans. Among the topics discussed was the potential of the Bears to use the franchise tag for quarterback Jay Cutler after the season.
Emery seemed to indicate that the team would not use the franchise tag on Cutler. Emery’s reasoning for that decision is that the cap hit from Cutler being tagged would severely limit what the Bears would be able to do in the off-season. Emery was not wrong about that. Tagging Cutler would result in a $16.2 million cap hit and that would hinder the Bears spending. Something that would prove to be detrimental as the team has over a dozen free agents to be.
Some took Emery’s comments, and rightfully so, as the Bears general manager indicating that the preference would be to sign Cutler to a long-term deal.
But a greater portion of NFL types took Emery’s comments as a farewell address that the general manager was sending to Cutler. The justification of that sentiment is just as mind-boggling as the justification that Josh McCown should remain the Bears quarterback once Cutler is deemed healthy.
In a sense, many individuals–not just fans but media members too–are drunk on McCown. Many like to point out the success that wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has had with McCown not realizing that Jeffery was having similar if not greater success with Cutler. But no one wants to point out that the Bears struggles in the red zone on offense have been magnified even more since Cutler has been out with his injury.
Nonetheless, the drunk infatuation with McCown has led to many individuals saying silly things. Such things include saying McCown shoud be the starting quarterback and that Cutler is leaving the Bears after the season.
As the great musician Eminem says when asked about retiring, “kill the rumors, it ain’t happenin’ “.
It’s been said already on Da Windy City and likely will be said again, Jay Cutler is not going anywhere.