According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Chicago Bears are now more likely to keep Jay Cutler in place as the team’s quarterback after overhauling their coaching staff and bringing in HC John Fox and OC Adam Gase.
“It would be tough for me to imagine a better hire than Adam Gase,” Rapoport tells CSN Chicago. “Not just because John Fox has worked with him for the last couple of years and because he knows him so well, but this is a guy who fixes quarterbacks and makes them viable however they are. It’s not always pretty. Sometimes it’s tough love. Adam Gase is incredibly intense and incredibly smart when it comes to X’s and O’s.”
Chicago also added Dowell Loggains as their quarterbacks coach, who happens to have a relationship with Cutler.
Rapoport believes this is a good of a situation as Cutler could have hoped for this offseason.
“For Dowell Loggains, he’s actually pretty close with Jay Cutler,” Rapoport said. “They’ve known each other for some years. They’ve spoken on again and off again throughout some seasons so the situation really does seem as positive as it could be for Jay Cutler. From what I gather, there’s a much better chance of them keeping Cutler now than trading him just because they have some really strong guys to work with him.”
The idea of trading Cutler surfaced shortly after the Bears’ season came to an end, but that’s not say it was a likely scenario.
Previous reports had said that the Bears would probably have to include a decent draft pick in order to move Cutler’s contract, as he still has another $25.5 million worth of guarantees coming his way.
As of now, Chicago has paid Cutler $22.5 million of the $38 million in guarantees included in his agreement. Releasing Cutler outright would force the Bears to pay him the remaining $15.5 million, but with a new coaching staff in place, there is obviously some optimism that they can wait at least one more year before deciding to part ways with their quarterback.
It’s worth mentioning that another $10 million of Cutler’s deal will become guaranteed just before March.
Cutler, 31, is entering the second year of his seven-year, $126.7 million contract that included $54 million guaranteed.
In 2014, he completed 66.1 percent of his passes for 3,812 yards to go along with 28 touchdowns and 18 interceptions over the course of 15 games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 32 quarterback out of 39 qualifying players.