49ers Could Have Interest In Jay Cutler

If the 49ers aren’t able to land quarterbacks Kirk Cousins or Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason, the club may express interest in veteran Jay Cutler, two sources tell Jason Cole of Bleacher Report (video link).Jay Cutler

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New San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan is expected to pursue Cousins, whom he previously coached in Washington, but the Redskins are unlikely to let their signal-caller get away without a fight. Garoppolo, too, may be on the table, but the Patriots have reportedly placed a high asking price on its backup quarterback, and the 49ers would have competition for his services. Matt Schaub has also been tossed out as a possible bridge option for the Niners, but Cutler would present an even more intriguing option in the same vein.

Shanahan doesn’t have a working relationship with Cutler, but his father does, as Mike Shanahan traded up in the 2006 draft to select Cutler while serving as head coach of the Broncos. Not only does Kyle Shanahan employ many of the same offensive schemes as did his father, but new 49ers general manager John Lynch played for Mike Shanahan, and is said to be willing to accept advice from the longtime NFL coach. As such, a somewhat tangential connection between Cutler and San Francisco could appear a bit more realistic.

The Bears are fully expected to release Cutler in the coming months, clearing $14MM in cap space by doing so. If and when he becomes a free agent, Cutler — despite his lackluster 2016 results — would be among the best quarterbacks available on the open market, joining Cousins, Mike Glennon, and Brian Hoyer.

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13 comments on “49ers Could Have Interest In Jay Cutler

  1. josc2

    Jay should do a nice job of instilling a new winning culture for the franchise.

  2. CriminalMethod

    I actually don’t hate the move. Shanahan’s system needs a quarterback with a big arm and Cutler could be a good bridge to getting Trubisky on the field. They’ll still lose a ton of games, but at least they won’t force Trubisky onto the field with that awful roster.

  3. tylerall5

    Honestly, wouldn’t be surprised if they pick a QB at number 2, and let him develop behind either Schaub or Cutler. Not like they’re competing next season anyways.

  4. PDX9erFaithful

    I’d sign Cutler just so we can see more of his gorgeous wife! Hopefully a change of scenery would improve his attitude & results. As long as they don’t spend $14M on him I’m game.

  5. PDX9erFaithful

    I hope they trade down from #2 to stockpile more picks in all areas of need

  6. acarneglia

    Trade New England the 2nd for Jimmy G and their first rounder for like the next two or three years

  7. Sean

    Why do that when you can easily trade that number 2 pick get a haul of picks, pick up a veteran ethier Schaub or cutler or someone else, the niners need a vet and I would trade for cousins that Jimmy G because of the fact cousins is a actual starter where Jimmy has started two games then got hurt that doesn’t prove anything just that he still young and needs more time I would rather draft our own qb and develop him, and look i get it the Schaub and cutler talk isn’t sexy but we need something more than a Jimmy G

  8. Rooster24

    Cutler is worthless. 9ers need to get Jimmy G or Cousins. Then bring in Schaub as a Veteran leader and help the younger qb as much as he can. Schaubs starting days are behind him.

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