Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is believed to have a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, according to Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network. Cutler is now getting a second opinion on the shoulder, but barring something unexpected, he’s done for the season.
Cutler was struggling before Sunday’s injury with a weak 59.1% completion percentage and a 4-to-5 TD-INT ratio. Now, he faces an uncertain future as Chicago will likely move on from him in the offseason. The Bears, now 2-8, can cut ties with Cutler after the season without any financial penalty.
In 2014, Cutler completed a career high 66% of his passes and threw 28 touchdowns (also a career high) against 18 interceptions. Last year, however, his performance fell off and he declined further in 2016. With plenty of teams in the market for a quarterback, however, Cutler should have no trouble finding work. He will, however, be in for a sizable pay cut. The Vanderbilt product is earning $17MM this season and it’s doubtful that he’ll land an eight-figure deal after two disappointing campaigns.
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