For the second time in his seven-year career, quarterback Jay Cutler must prove himself to a new coach. The first coaching change led to a trade from the Denver Broncos. This time, at least Cutler has a season to prove he's the answer for the Chicago Bears.
Citing sources, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday that the Bears had discussed giving Cutler a long-term contract in the range of $15 million per season, only to postpone the idea once Marc Trestman was hired as head coach in January.
It's hard to fault Trestman for taking a wait-and-see approach toward a quarterback who has feuded with coaches in the past. Just as importantly, Trestman must find out if Cutler is a natural fit in a West Coast offense that demands short, quick and accurate throws.
To Cutler's credit, he realizes he must win more games to land a contract on par with Joe Flacco's $120 million deal. If he emulates Flacco's success, the Bears will have no choice but to commit to Cutler as the franchise quarterback.
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