Michael C. Wright of ESPN has spoken to “at least” 10 former Bears staffers from the Lovie Smith and Marc Trestman regimes who said they believe Chicago can’t consistently compete for championships as long as Jay Cutler is their starting quarterback.
Two of Cutler’s teammates said that Cutler is a “divisive figure with whom they’d rather not continue to play.”
According to Wright, every one of the former staffers he interviewed pointed out similar flaws in the Cutler and used words like “renegade” and “rogue” to describe his ability to play within the confines of an offensive system.
One former staffer did say that he could see the Bears winning as long as the coaches “handcuff” Cutler to their offensive system.
Two general managers told Schefter that they didn’t understand why a player would make a move like that right now. Maxwell’s former agent, Jason Chayut, spent the past year, and the week at the combine in Indianapolis, gauging his value and trying to figure out the best place for him to be.
“Why would you do that?” asked one NFL general manager. “It makes navigating the free-agent market confusing.”
Maxwell can’t officially hire a new agent until this weekend.
- The Jaguars signed kicker Jason Myers. (Aaron Wilson)
- Ed Werder reports that while the Jets have been trying to lower Percy Harvin‘s salary, both sides admit that it’s unlikely that they’ve reach an agreement.
- Werder adds that the two parties would like to have a resolution before March 19.