Sep 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Speculation Ensues About Jay Cutler Leaving Chicago Bears

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.

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  • Dr. Johnny Nacho

    The NFL is a business so that is how money will begin this post. It is very simple to the fact if Cutler is expecting anything close the $100 million dollar rumors then he might as well have Cleveland, Jax and Oakland on speed dial. Good luck with that. If not, then he has realized that he finally has an excellent offensive mind running the show w/ legit weapons to the throw to which would result in taking less money. I’m not about to get into the discussion of McCown or Cuter…all I’m saying is the Bears now have a contingency plan moving forward. That was my whole point before the season started and the talk of Cutler’s contract was already dominating the headlines. The Bears were not going to let him walk w/out knowing who would be taking snaps in 2014. McCown will be a serviceable quarterback for another year while a hand picked rookie from Trestman will start to be groomed. Emery drafts the premium athlete and lets his coaching staff mold the player to the system. So far, for the most part I like the results.

    Bear Down!