The news that Jay Cutler is getting benched by the Chicago Bears seems easy enough to comprehend. The “franchise” QB has been spiraling downwards with his play in 2014 and is coming off a three interception performance. However, according to ESPN, there’s a deeper meaning behind the Bears actions:
Cutler’s contract could be a big reason for the quarterback’s benching, according to ESPN NFL Insider Mark Dominik.
The deal calls for Cutler to be paid $15.5 million in 2015. A $10 million guarantee kicks in on March 12, the third day of the 2015 league year, if Cutler is on the Bears’ roster. If Cutler is injured at that time, the Bears will owe him $10 million in 2016.
By sitting Cutler the final two games of the season, the Bears guarantee he won’t get injured and will have the ability to cut him or trade him after the season, basically saving the team $10 million.
Bye Bye Cutler?
This is an interesting take into why Jay Cutler is getting benched by the Bears. It makes sense when you think about it and the monetary implications the Bears will save. So now the question is, “What’s next for Cutler?”
There is plenty of speculation right now but the fact that he could be traded is becoming a real possibility in light of this news. Things are going to be very interesting over the next few months as Chicago hopes that whatever happens, means a viable starting QB is in place come 2015.