Dec 15, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterbackJay Cutler
(6) is sacked by New Orleans Saints outside linebackerKasim Edebali
(91) in the first half of their game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
With the news that the Chicago Bears were benching quarterback Jay Cutler in favor of an awful journeyman in Jimmy Clausen, lots of rumors started circulating that the Bears are going to try and dump Cutler in the offseason, despite giving him a seven year, $125 million extension in January. Cutler would be owed $15.5 million next year which is fully guaranteed. Of course, since Cutler is a big name and plays quarterback there are Jets fans that are clamoring for the Jets to acquire him but in my opinion this would be a horrendously bad idea.
Cutler is struggling now in Chicago (leads the league with 24 turnovers) with Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffrey, Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte. He would not have that amount of talent here in New York. Eric Decker, Percy Harvin, Jace Amaro and Chris Ivory are good but not as good as what Cutler currently is playing with. Secondly, Cutler is playing under quarterback guru and offensive savant Marc Trestman so this is going to be the most quarterback-friendly system Cutler will play under. It is not going to get any easier for him and although there are other great offensive coaches out there he isn’t going to get any better coaching than he is getting from Trestman.
Dec 15, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on the sidelines in the second half of their game against the New Orleans Saints at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
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Then there is Cutler’s attitude. It is somewhere between nonchalant and surly. His body language on the field is terrible and he lets mistakes get to him and forces even more mistakes. All of these things are disastrous on the field, but the media here would have a field day with him. They would build him up as he came here as some sort of a savior and point to his cannon of an arm and some great games he has had. They will compare his gunslinging on the field to Namath then completely emasculate him and the Jets as Cutler begins to make the same mistakes he has his entire career and the team spirals.
You want the Jets to spend their cap room, I get it, and they have to spend to get to the cap floor (cash spending of 89% of the salary cap) but they need to spend it wisely or they will quickly go from a team that has massive flexibility and high draft picks to a cap-strapped team in the same position Mike Tannenbaum left the team. Spending $15 million a year on a quarterback that doesn’t look like he can handle New York on or off the field is not the way to go.