There was plenty of blame to go around after the Chicago Bears were dominated by the Green Bay Packers 55-14 on Sunday Night Football, with quarterback Jay Cutler and head coach Marc Trestman shouldering almost all of it.
Most Bears fans are calling for the team to fire Trestman because they signed Cutler to a seven-year, $128 million contract this offseason, $54 million of which is guaranteed.
However, there is a way the Bears can get rid of Cutler and that contract after this season.
The team has the right to cut Cutler in March 2015 for March 2016, stopping the flow of guaranteed money.
If they cut him in March 2015, the team will save $16 million in guaranteed money. If they wait until March 2016, the team will save only $6 million.
The only problem is that he's already owed $38 million, which increases to $48 million if they decide to keep him after March.
Chicago could save all of that money by trading him, but there are not many teams that would be willing to take on his contract. Still, the Bears could make the decision that they need to cut their losses and could be looking for a new quarterback next season.Back to the Chicago Bears Newsfeed