30-Year-Old Quarterback – Chicago Bears
2013 Fantasy Football Outlook
There's no doubt Cutler has a big arm and good mobility, but in his seven-year career, he's thrown for 4,000 yards just once and never completed more than 63.6 percent of his passes. The quarterback's...
Jay Cutler Contract Information:
Agreed to a two-year extension with the Bears in October of 2009, leaving him under contract through 2013. The original five-year contract was worth $51 million, and the extension is worth an additional $30 million.
Cutler (ankle) will start at quarterback in Sunday's game at Cleveland.
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Jay Cutler: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Cutler has received clearance to work at full speed, Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago reports, which should leave his owners optimistic for Week 15. The performance of Josh McCown in his stead has been remarkable, but coach Marc Trestman has stated time and again that Cutler is the Bears' starting quarterback, when healthy. Expect clarification surrounding Cutler's status to arrive Thursday.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Backup Josh McCown threw for 348 yards and accounted for five touchdowns (one rushing) in Monday's win, and has posted a quarterback rating of 109.8 in his seven appearances this season, but Trestman quieted any talk of a quarterback controversy by saying Cutler is still the starter when healthy. While Cutler, who's in the final year of his contract with Chicago, logged two limited practices last week, his status for Sunday's game against the Browns is up in the air at the moment.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Coach Marc Trestman announced the decision Thursday following a practice in which Cutler participated in a limited fashion. Thus, false hope that Cutler would return to the Bears for the first time in four games has now vanished, ensuring yet another start for McCown.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)No matter his level of participation, the fact that Cutler was able to practice in the Bears' first drills of the week provides confidence that all stops may be pulled in order to return Monday against the Cowboys. On the other hand, Josh McCown continued to take reps with the first team, which implies that he remains the starting quarterback for the time being. However, Cutler's progress should be monitored as game day approaches, as the No. 1 gig seems to be in some flux.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)It's unclear when exactly Cutler will receive clearance to participate in practice, but the extra day afforded him could aid in an early return to the Bears' offense. However, until he takes the practice field, Josh McCown is considered the starting quarterback, with little doubt entering the conversation. Keep a close eye on Cutler's potential activity level, though, as the week carries on.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
If the Bears werenít a team that just allowed their quarterback to get sacked 105 times the last two years, Cutler would probably be ranked a bit higher. Thatís because for the first time since arriving in Chicago he will have talented wide receivers to throw to in 2012. The biggest addition is fellow former Bronco Brandon Marshall, who caught 206 passes for 2,590 yards and 13 touchdowns in Cutlerís final two seasons in Denver. Cutler gets another significant wideout upgrade with the addition of second-round pick Alshon Jeffery, who at 6-3, 216, is a powerful receiver with big hands and an explosive ability to highpoint the ball in traffic. Marshall will be far and away the best receiver Cutler has had in Chicago, while Jeffery could eventually be the second best. Expect noticeable improvement in Cutlerís passing efficiency after he produced at a per-game rate the last three years that projects to 3,613 yards and 25 touchdowns over 16 games. Considering the Bears failed to improve their offensive line, however, Cutler might fall short of 16 games for the third time in four years.
While the Mike Martz offense didnít result in a bonanza of passing stats for Cutler last year, Cutler still showed significant improvement from his disappointing 2009 season, increasing his quarterback rating from 76.8 to 86.3. Despite that, it seems Cutlerís fantasy stock is generally lower than it was a year ago, mostly because of a lackluster supporting cast and increasing durability concerns. The wideout trio of Johnny Knox, Devin Hester and Earl Bennett was mediocre at best, and the Chicago offensive line allowed a league-high 56 sacks, including 52 at Cutlerís expense. Those sacks were costly, as Cutler missed time in the regular season with a concussion, reportedly the fifth heís suffered since college, and he was knocked out of the NFC Championship with an MCL tear. The addition of first-round tackle Gabe Carimi is great news, but heís only one upgrade on a line that could use two or three more. Cutler still brings a huge arm and some running ability to the table, but his supporting cast limits his ceiling.
Cutler was a huge disappointment in leagues that subtract for picks. In more liberal scoring formats, he was an asset. But heís the most intriguing middle-round guy on the board in 2010. Mike Martz is calling the plays now in Chicago and is a virtual guarantee to transform the Bears into an explosive passing offense. Martz likes wideouts who can get on the safety in a flash and he has two of the fastest in football in Devin Hester and Johnny Knox. He also has a top tight end in Greg Olsen. Hester and Knox will open underneath routes for Earl Bennett and Devin Aromashodu. After turning guys like Shaun Hill and Jon Kitna into serviceable fantasy starters, it strains the imagination to conceive of what Martz will do with Cutler. He projects for 28-30 TD passes.
Itís absolutely stunning how the Broncos basically washed their hands of a QB who was on the road to greatness. Cutler had only just passed through the entry tolls, yes, but most never even get that far. Cutler has not showed that he lacks any essential quality for stardom. His skin is thin. But when you put your life on the line every snap facing 11 guys who want to see you slaughtered, you should demand some unconditional love from the coaches entrusted to protect you. We understand that Cutler struggled last year in the red zone (under 50 percent completions) and didnít even shine in our functional arm strength test Ė 73.9 QB rating on 156 passes, an impressive 25.3 percent of attempts. But he made plays and gave a team with a horrendous defense a chance to make the playoffs into the seasonís final week. The Bears are not as strong on paper as the Broncos at wide receiver. But how much of Denverís success in developing those targets was due to Cutlerís ability to put secondaries on their heels and find very small windows with that howitzer? Devin Hester will run under more than a few Cutler rainbows after showing excellent progress last year as a receiver. Hester is far from a novelty act now and a legitimate, every down, outside weapon. Greg Olsen is a TE who can control the seam and thus will provide some comfort for Cutler. RB Matt Forte looked Brian Westbrook-like as a wide receiver at times last year and recalls the great Chuck Foreman as a pass-catching back. Yes, the team lacks a suitable, traditional possession receiver and may opt for fourth-round rookie Juaquin Iglesias or last yearís third rounder Earl Bennett (who played with Cutler at Vanderbilt) if either has a strong summer. Otherwise, the Bears will be scouring the waiver wires for the kind of veteran whoís a dime a dozen when you have a QB of Cutlerís quality.
He looks like the complete package, still young and developing but already performing above the median in all our key stats. His FAS in a solid 89.8, not surprising given that he probably has the best conventional arm strength in football. His overall YPA was 7.5, which is right in that sweet area where we expect closer to 30 TD tosses. And he was efficient throughout the red zone. Most impressive were his five TD passes on 28 throws from the plus-20 to the plus-11 yard lines. The six picks and just two TDs on those 158 attempts were likely a fluke. Remember, too, that Cutler did this last year despite being ravaged by diabetes, undiagnosed at the time, which caused him to lose 35 pounds and feel very lethargic. Now he's getting insulin and the proper diet to deal with the condition in a way that should allow him to perform up to his capabilities. Discount the condition completely when drafting. Javon Walker is gone and Brandon Marshall lost a battle with a McDonalds bag and fell through a TV screen (whatever you say, Brandon), causing such severe damage that his status for training camp was in question. But he should recover fully by September. And heís a stud when healthy. The rest of the Broncos receiving corps is a hodgepodge Ė Brandon Stokley returns, and heís joined by free agents Keary Colbert, Samie Parker and Darrell Jackson. Whoever plays will perform because of Cutler, not vice vesa. QBs like him who can find the tight spaces turn runof- the-mill NFL receivers into stars.
Cutler is largely unknown, of course, but has one of the most brilliant offensive minds in NFL history directing his attack. Yes, Mike Shanahan is that good, a fact fantasy footballers conveniently forget at times with all the obsession over how fickle heís been with the running back position since the departure of Terrell Davis. The receiving corps is in transition, with Daniel Graham imported to man the tight end position and Rod Smith being moved into a complementary role where heíll share looks with intriguing second-year man Brandon Marshall. Javon Walker is still there and seemed to regain his explosiveness last year in returning from torn ACL suffered in 2005. Walker is a perfect complement for the strong-armed Cutler. Marshall has wide receiver speed and tight end size, which he utilized to mightily impress Champ Bailey in Bronco practices last summer. The Broncosí playcalling tendencies from last year arenít particularly relevant as Cutler was a rookie. And prior to his ascension as starter, Shanahan had lost all confidence in Jake Plummer. Shanahan traded up for Cutler, and there are reports that he was their top-rated QB in a very solid QB class. Even when the running game is rolling, Shanahan provides a fantasy-friendly environment for a QB. Expect aggressiveness from Shanahan, as Cutler demonstrated flashes of supreme arm strength and did not cower as a rookie, with a solid 88.5 QB rating and 9-to-5 TD-to-INT ratio. We donít like 20 percent poor throws, third worst, right behind Plummer. But the YPA was solid because he was effective throwing the ball downfield, with nearly 60 percent of his passing yards in the air (in the 80th percentile of those rankings). And his functional arm strength was just as good as advertised, with a top-notch 113 QB rating on throws 11-to-20 yards from scrimmage (small sample size, however). Expect Cutlerís percentage of attempts this distance to rise from just below average (19 percent) to well above it (about 25 percent or so). This could reasonably get Cutlerís YPA up from the low to high sevens. And a YPA in that range is the rainbow that often leads to a pot full of TD passes, which, of course, are fantasy gold.
Cutler has impressed everybody in summer minicamps, prompting some to project Cutler as possibly the best pro quarterback prospect in the 2006 draft class. The media has been persistent in hyping the idea that Cutler could push Plummer for the starting QB position, but don't expect that to happen anytime soon, especially this year. While Cutler certainly is the QB of the future in Denver, the Broncos are perfectly content to let Cutler watch and learn from the sidelines as he continues to develop. While Cutler currently sits third on the depth chart behind Jake Plummer and Bradlee Van Pelt, it wouldn't be surprising to see Cutler pass Van Pelt should something happen to Plummer. As long as Plummer stays healthy, however, Cutler will remain on the sidelines.