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Impact of Bears trade talk on Jay Cutler worth monitoring

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Impact of Bears trade talk on Jay Cutler worth monitoring

Neither GM Ryan Pace nor coach John Fox have given anything close to a strong vote of support for Jay Cutler as the Bears’ No. 1 quarterback ever since their respective hirings. Any uncertainty swirling around Cutler reached a new level as the start of the draft approached on Thursday night.

Now the question becomes how that uncertainty will sit with Cutler.

Pace pointed more at the potential positive impact that the selection of West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White will have for Cutler rather than whether the Bears really wanted him or not.

“In my mind, we just got Jay another dynamic weapon,” Pace said. “That’s why I’m excited about it. I hope right now he’s fired up because we just gave him another powerful weapon. With this receiving corps, this only adds to Jay’s ability to distribute the ball.”

[MORE: After trade flirtations, Bears invest No. 7 pick in WVU WR Kevin White]

How Cutler does distribute the ball, something of a point of contention between Cutler and the previous coaching staff, is a matter for another time.

Offseason rumors of the Bears shopping Cutler were shot down by Pace and by sources with the Tennessee Titans, but the talk escalated on Thursday with the Bears linked to talks with the Titans. Reportedly the Titans weren’t interested in taking Cutler, and the fact that Cutler was the subject of any conversations sent a second message to Cutler that he is not the future in Chicago.

It would not be the first time that Cutler has gotten a strong message that his team doesn’t particularly want him.

When Josh McDaniels was hired to succeed fired Mike Shanahan with the Denver Broncos in 2009, McDaniels wanted Cutler gone. Relations between McDaniels and Cutler degenerated to the point where the Broncos were more than happy to send Cutler to Chicago.

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Pace dismissed some of the angst over reported calls on Cutler with a laugh:

“Really in the days and the even the hours leading to the draft there are so many phone calls,” Pace said. “My first year doing it as a GM, it’s even more than I realized. And I think teams know with us being a new staff, new GM, new head coach, people call about a lot of our players, we call about other players.

“That’s going on way more than you ever realize. So there are calls all over the ballpark. I think that just occurs this time of the year.”

Bears fans go wild for Eddy Pineiro's last-second game-winning field goal in Denver

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Bears fans go wild for Eddy Pineiro's last-second game-winning field goal in Denver

The Bears won in one of the most chaotic endings in recent memory. It all got capped off with a 53-yard field goal by Eddy Pineiro with a second left.


After double-doink ended the Bears’ season last year, Pineiro quickly won the hearts and minds of Bears fans. As with any big moment, there was plenty of reaction on social media.


For what it's worth, Eddy Street is a street on the North Side of Chicago. Maybe a Pineiro Drive? OK, maybe not until he does it in the playoffs.

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WATCH: Eddy Pineiro blasts game-winning 53-yard FG vs. Broncos

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WATCH: Eddy Pineiro blasts game-winning 53-yard FG vs. Broncos

The Chicago Bears kicker competition was the storyline that followed this team all summer after Cody Parkey's double-doink sent the Bears packing in last year's wild-card game against the Eagles.

Parkey was sent packing, the Bears were left searching for his replacement.

Eddy Pineiro ultimately won the battle, and in Week 2 against the Denver Broncos, he won the game.

Check out this 53-yard strike to put the Bears ahead, 16-14, as time expired:

Pineiro connected on all three of his attempts Sunday, including two from beyond 50 yards. 

The Bears have a kicker. And after Week 2, he may just be one of the best young legs in the NFL.

 

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