— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) January 2, 2014
Not surprising. Jay Cutler was an oft-mentioned target among many Tennessee Titans enthusiasts because of his ties with Vanderbilt University. The idea was that Cutler was good enough of a quarterback upgrade over Jake Locker to fuel this team into future AFC postseasons. His big arm would’ve maximized the statistical production of former first- and second-round picks Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter.
No time was wasted. The Chicago Bears immediately gave him a seven-year extension. Money and terms haven’t yet been disclosed. Additionally, they gave extensions to Tim Jennings and Matt Slauson.
The Bears are banking on two things:
- Cutler staying healthy.
- Cutler returning to 2010, 2011 and 2012 form when he had starting quarterback records of 10-5, 7-3, 10-5. His 2013 record was 5-6.
What does this mean for the Titans? It’s hard to tell, especially when reports are that ownership hasn’t yet interviewed Mike Munchak about his future. If Munchak stays, then expect Locker to retain his starting responsibilities . The team may bring in a new backup who’s a better fit for a behind-the-center offense, not Ryan Fitzpatrick. If Munchak gets fired, anything can happen.
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