Josh McCown is on fire and he seems to be playing better on a weekly basis. His latest master piece he strung together five touchdowns, four passing and one on the ground. McCown has now passed for 13 TDs and one interception on the season in relief of Jay Cutler. McCown has been the best QB in the history of the franchise in relief of Jay Cutler, there's little doubt about that.
There is also little doubt that Jay Cutler deserves to be Chicago's long term answer at quarterback after this season. Cutler deserves to be paid for his potential and his time here in Chicago with a four year contract offer and for the Bears to see where his talents can take them in this same offense. That much is clear, even though I fall on the side of cutting Cutler loose and moving onto McCown or a rookie in the meantime.
However the debate the fans and media and perhaps Bears GM need to have going forward is a simple one, how much money is Jay Cutler worth?
The answer is relatively simple, whatever the Bears want to pay him and not a penny more. Jay Cutler's salary demands are completely irrelevant, he can ask for whatever money he wants, but he won't deserve and Phil Emery should know this going in.
Emery stated he doesn't want to use the franchise tag at a projected cost of $16.2-million for one season to retain Cutler in Chicago and because of McCown he won't have to. The Bears can sit on any offer they want and decide they can move on from Cutler and let him chase money elsewhere. Cutler no longer has any leverage left in these negotiations, not even interest from other teams can change that fact.
McCown has now passed for 1,809 yads on the season while completing 65-percent of his passes for 13 touchdowns and a single interception. The Bears' offense is clicking perhaps better than it ever has and it's a credit to the journeyman QB.
McCown's value is such that it has lessened Cutler's value because the Bears can now choose to move on if they are so inclined. The Bears have another option, an extremely relevant option and it's the perfect situation they need to be in to negotiate an extension.no comments