Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is in the final year of his contract. Some have speculated that Cutler could be in his last year with head coach Marc Trestman, but Cutler wants to stay and grow in Trestman’s offense.
“I would like to stay in Chicago,” the quarterback said Monday on WMVP-AM’s “The Jay Cutler Show,” via CSN Chicago. “I’d be surprised if they kind of broke up the group that we have on offense. I want to stay here … The longer that we can stay together as a group, the better we’re gonna be.”
Cutler wants to stay, even if that means taking the franchise tag.
“If they want to franchise me, I’m gonna feel good about the situation we’re in,” he said. “We’re gonna be in our second year of the offense with these guys. We’re gonna be better (and) I’m gonna be better, so it’s not personal. It’s business.”
Right now, Cutler is sidelined with an ankle injury and he realizes that being injured isn’t helping him. If he did say he’d prefer a long term deal and that he might hold out if given the franchise tag.
“You just don’t show up for a little while,” Cutler said. “Everybody at some point comes back to work, right? I’m not just gonna not show up. I might miss a few OTAs and maybe go on an extra vacation, but at some point I’m gonna be back there.”