The Chicago Bears decided to turn the chapter at the quarterback position during the 2017 offseason. After eight years of rolling with Jay Cutler and some mediocre numbers along the way, the Bears decided to make former Tampa Bay Buccaneers signal caller Mike Glennon their new starter. While Glennon is unproven, it's obvious that Cutler wasn't the answer there, and that his time in Chicago had all but come to a close.
Now, Cutler is surprisingly still looking for a new home. He's been waiting and it seems that nothing legitimate has come in terms of possible landing spots. In turn, this has led to the quarterback who has more than 32,400 yards to seriously contemplate retirement at the age of just 33 years old.
While Cutler played in just five games last season, the two years before that were actually two of the best in his career. Back in 2014, he completed 66 percent of his passes for 3,812 yards, 28 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Then in 2015, he completed 64.4 percent of his passes for 3,659 yards, 21 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions. Overall, Cutler was solid and it's hard to imagine that with all the quarterback-needy teams out there that no one would sign him.
So, why is the former Bear still hanging out on the free agency market? According to former teammate Antrel Rolle, who opened up on the topic with NFL.com, it has more to do with his personality than his actual ability to throw passes.
“He was a little bit more laid back. He wasn’t a front-row leader,” Rolle said on Good Morning Football Thursday. “Neither was Eli Manning, but Eli has a way about himself to lead every guy. I just felt like, honestly, if Jay involved himself more with the team, more with his receivers, I think he’d get more better results on the playing field.
“Like I said I just honestly feel like he would get much better results if he involved himself more in the team collectively, with all individuals. It doesn’t have to be offense, defense, special teams, but just everyone as a collective unit, I think he would get more out of his game for himself.”
While he's not wrong on the comparison to Eli Manning about their laid back personalities, the fact that Manning has the Super Bowl rings is what really makes the difference, obviously.
Cutler very well may still find a home this offseason, and realistically, there are plenty of teams who should at least consider signing him to a short-term deal while they figure out their answer at the position for the future. For now, though, Cutler is stuck playing the waiting game and sitting back without any clear-cut answers on the horizon.
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