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Will former Bears QB Jay Cutler find a team to play for in 2017?

Will former Bears QB Jay Cutler find a team to play for in 2017?

PHOENIX – As Jay Cutler left his berth with the Bears, the links of him to myriad other NFL teams immediately began. And have gone nowhere, this despite a league-wide shortage of actual quarterbacks.
 
Not that this carries any import for the Bears, unless he winds up in the NFC North somewhere, but the question would then be: Why?
 
One notion that refuses to disappear around the NFL owners meetings, including thoughts of coaches, is that no one is really sure Cutler even wants to keep playing. If Cutler clearly wanted to continue life as an NFL quarterback, the answers to "does he want to play?" would presumably be variations of a strong "Yes" but those weren't to be had.
 
"I can't answer that. It's a question for him," said Adam Gase, who as Bears offensive coordinator got the best out of Cutler in 2015 before himself leaving to become the head coach the Miami Dolphins. Gase was in touch with Cutler after the quarterback's release by the Bears, texting Cutler and offering him any advice on possible new team situations.

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But Gase didn't offer a job even with incumbent Ryan Tannehill coming off a season-ending ACL injury. "I never brought up anything about coming with us, because I like our situation," Gase said. "I love Jay but I like our situation."
 
The New York Jets considered Cutler, then opted instead to bring in his former backup Josh McCown. The San Francisco 49ers looked at Cutler before signing two of his other backups: Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley.
 
Maybe it's money. Cutler was set to make $12.5 million this year in Chicago and teams could be reluctant to offer a fraction of that and risk an attitude problem.
 
But Cutler himself contributed to the vagueness narrative when he was once asked, not that long ago, why he didn't have or seek commercial endorsements. "Starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears" is by definition a high "Q" factor regardless of his personal magnetism or lack of same, but Cutler answered the question that everyone knew pretty much what he made, and that he didn't need the money at the expense of time with his young family.
 
That may be the message teams outside of Chicago are still hearing.

Bears vs. Vikings Live Blog: Score, highlights, analysis from NFL Week 11 game

Bears vs. Vikings Live Blog: Score, highlights, analysis from NFL Week 11 game

Welcome back, gang. Hope you don't have a 9 AM meeting tomorrow! 

The Vikings are in town tonight, and it's the first of three nationally-televised games that the Bears will play over the next month. It's a battle for 1st place in the NFC North. The Bears are in orange. It's a big deal. 

As always, J.J. Stankevitz will be your eyes and ears from Soldier; give him a follow. Lorin Cox's tweets are also worth your time. 

PREGAME

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6 - Inactives are here! Check 'em out right here and pour one out AGAIN for Kevin White. 

Week 11 inactives: Bears will face Vikings defense without LB Anthony Barr

Week 11 inactives: Bears will face Vikings defense without LB Anthony Barr

The Bears have been fortunate to stay much healthier this season compared to years past, but the Minnesota Vikings haven’t had that luxury. Their offensive line has taken plenty of hits so far, and recently the injury bug has spread to their defense.

Starting linebacker Anthony Barr is officially inactive for their Week 11 matchup in Chicago, missing his third-straight game with a hamstring injury.

Cornerback Xavier Rhodes was also questionable for the game with a foot injury, but he’s ready to roll. Guard Mike Remmers and Tom Compton are also healthy once again, providing some relief to a banged up Minnesota offensive line.

For the Bears, wide receiver Kevin White is a healthy scratch for the third week in a row. Joining him on the bench once again is rookie seventh-round pick Javon Wims, leaving four active receivers with Josh Bellamy taking the top reserve spot.

Fullback Michael Burton is back on the inactive list after finding a role last week against the Detroit Lions. Second-year tight end Adam Shaheen is taking his place for his first game of the season. Chicago placed Dion Sims on injured reserve and activated Shaheen on Saturday.