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QB Jay Cutler - Free Agent

6-4, 225Born: 4-29-1983College: VanderbiltDrafted: Round 1, pick 11

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General News (Fri Feb 3): The Chicago Bears are "moving on" from Jay Cutler, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

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Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 11 vs NYG (17 / 30 / 252 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Jay Cutler played about as well as you'd expect a mediocre quarterback to perform with a depleted stable of talent. Cutler completed 17 of 30 passes for 252 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the 22-16 loss to the New York Giants. The early part of the game went well for Cutler. He led the Bears to 16 points on the first three drives of the game. He and Zach Miller had a great thing going, connecting on a perfectly thrown 19-yard touchdown pass and another 34-yard pass down the seem. Then Miller went down with an injury and the defense clamped down on Cutler. A poor effort from a depleted offensive line did not help matters. For the second straight game, the Bears did not score a point in the second half. With Cutler having to throw passes to bottom-of-the-depth-chart guys, he doesn't really hold any sort of value at this point in the season.

2016 Week 10 vs TB (16 / 30 / 182 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

Dogging Jay Cutler has grown tiresome. Finding new ways to describe his poor performance no longer is fun. Bring on the positive Cutler storylines! OK, back to reality. Some in the fantasy world this week touted Cutler as a sneaky play in DFS. What they failed to mention is that Cutler would be sneaky bad. Cutler turned over the ball three times (2 INTs, 1 fumble) in Sunday's 36-10 loss to the Buccaneers. It's hard to point at anything and say, "well, it wasn't all bad," because it was bad. Cutler completed only 16 of 30 passes for 182 yards with one touchdown and the aforementioned two interceptions. The lone touchdown came at the end of the first half when Cutler threw up a Hail Mary to the end zone that found Cameron Meredith. Cutler routinely forced throws to a double-covered Alshon Jeffery, something he tends to do when things aren't going well. It's hard to see Cutler bounce back to play well next week or anything in the future, but it's a near certainty that he'll throw in a 300-plus yard game with three touchdowns when no one expects it.

2016 Week 8 vs MIN (20 / 31 / 252 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

After missing the previous five games with a thumb injury on his throwing hand, Jay Cutler re-entered the lineup with what appeared to be a chip on his shoulder. America's favorite quarterback played one of his best games in many, many moons. Cutler completed 20 of 31 passes for 252 yards and one touchdown. The kicker, ZERO turnovers. No, you didn't misread that statement -- Cutler did not turn over the ball. When the game first started, Cutler did miss a few throws high, but he appeared to settle in as the game progressed. His relationship with Alshon Jeffery and Zach Miller clearly has not skipped a beat despite missing a bunch of time. While Cutler did play well in his return to the lineup, it's hard to forecast similar success down the road, because Cutler's arrow can point up or down in any given week without much rhyme or reason. Look for Cutler to be used as a trade chip as the trade deadline nears.

2016 Week 2 vs PHI (12 / 17 / 157 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

The 2016 season has not gone well thus far for Jay Cutler. Following a fumble and an interception, Cutler left the game in the second half after suffering an injury to his right thumb. It went from bad to worse -- in short order. If he's not being sacked by a charging defender, he's scampering out of the pocket to evade the charging defender. This pretty much was the story Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles. From jump street, Cutler consistently found himself under fire. There was little room to breath or room for error. Chicago's inability to block up front really changes the playbook for Jay Cutler, forcing him to get rid of the ball quickly and efficiently. The problem is Cutler doesn't make quick decisions well, nor does he throw the ball efficiently. Two games in a row now, Cutler has thrown multiple uncontested balls at the feet of his intended receiver. That's not efficient; That's borderline inexcusable. For Cutler, this season is on its way to being just like every other season -- mediocre.

2016 Week 1 vs HOU (16 / 29 / 216 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 12 / 0 rush)

Once again, it was a tale of two halves for Jay Cutler. In the first half of Sunday's 23-14 loss to the Texans, Cutler confidently moved the offense down the field and positioned his team in the lead after the first two quarters. Cutler connected on two deep shots to Alshon Jeffery and also found his main man Eddie Royal on a few short routes that turned into decent-sized gains.  Cutler looked solid in the first, despite fumbling a snap on 4th & 1 (The snap looked questionable, to be fair to Cutler). Then, it all turned badly in the second half, when the offensive line suddenly forgot how to block for its quarterback. It hardly mattered what Cutler did after taking the snap; Texans defenders seemingly found a way to create some form of pressure. Without time to survey the field, Cutler was a sitting duck. The Bears' inexperienced offensive line failed its quarterback in a bad way.  Not only did the offensive line kick the bucket in Week 1, so did second-year-rookie Kevin White, who looked every bit a rookie. Normally you can point a finger whenever an interception is thrown, and you can point a finger at White for Cutler's long pick. The 2015 first-round pick cut off his route and stood still instead of cutting outside, where Cutler inevitably fired the ball. It will take these two some time to get on the same page, keep in mind. Cutler's final stat line, 16 for 29 for 216 yards with one touchdown and one interception, is pretty Cutler-y. This game should tell you no more or no less than what you already knew about this very polarizing quarterback.


Latest News

NFL | Jay Cutler not done? (Tue Apr 25, 01:18 PM) - Free-agent QB Jay Cutler's (Bears) agent, Bus Cook, said Cutler isn't retiring and hasn't mentioned retirement to him.

Our View: If Cutler still wants to play, then teams who miss on a quarterback in the 2017 NFL draft could show more interest. There are a lot of project QBs in this class, so it's possible a team could select a player like DeShone Kizer (Notre Dame) and still go after Cutler.
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Bears | Jay Cutler expected to retire (Mon Apr 17, 04:53 PM) - Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler is likely to retire, according to's Jeff Dickerson. Dickerson said he would be surprised if Cutler doesn't hang up his cleats.

Our View: There's just not a lot of interest in Cutler right now. We don't see that changing with the draft less than two weeks away. He's 34 years old and has collected over $100 million during his time in the NFL. It could be time for Cutler to retire so he can pose naked on a deck overlooking the ocean....again.
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Bears | Retirement still possible for Jay Cutler (Thu Apr 13, 09:14 PM) - Free-agent QB Jay Cutler (Bears) is still contemplating retirement, according to a league source.

Our View: With nobody knocking on the door, we are guessing Cutler is considering the right thing. Someone might sign him during camp but he feels he is a starter, not a backup so that will - and has - limit his options.
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