Both the coach and general manager of the Chicago Bears were given ample opportunity Wednesday to endorse Jay Cutler as their quarterback for 2015 and beyond. Time and again, they declined.
INDIANAPOLIS — Both the coach and general manager of the Chicago Bears were given ample opportunity Wednesday to endorse Jay Cutler as their quarterback for 2015 and beyond.
Time and again, they declined.
“We’re going to ask this about eight different ways?” coach John Fox said after one of the attempts Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine. “I don’t think there’s any question that there’s ability and talent there. But there’s a lot more that goes into it, and we’re evaluating that as we speak.”
The Bears signed Cutler to a seven-year contract worth $54 million guaranteed last offseason, with the thought that he’d lead them into the next decade. But 2014 was a debacle in Chicago. The Bears finished 5-11, coach Marc Trestman got fired and Cutler tied for the league lead in interceptions (18) and was in the middle of controversy all season.
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Fox said he met with Cutler when he was hired last month, but when pressed, the coach offered up nothing about what he took out of that meeting.
Bears general manager Ryan Pace was every bit as noncommittal as his coach when asked about having Cutler back this season. Cutting him would count as much as $15.5 million against the Bears’ salary cap, though there are ways to recoup some of that loss.
INDIANAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings claimed tight end Brandon Bostick off waivers. Bostick spent the past three seasons with the Packers and is best known as being the player who mishandled the onside kick in Green Bay’s overtime loss to Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game last month.
WASHINGTON — Former Washington coach Mike Shanahan told a D.C. radio station that a disagreement over the direction of the team’s offense led to the breakdown of his working relationship with quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Shanahan said Griffin told him he wanted to become a dropback passer.
“I knew my time was short-lived with that type of mindset,” said Shanahan, who was fired after the 2013 season.
Griffin was the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, but he tore up his knee in a playoff loss to the Seahawks. According to Shanahan, two days after that season’s Super Bowl, Griffin met with him and described “what plays were acceptable and unacceptable.”
“I went and talked to (owner) Dan (Snyder). I said, ‘Hey, Dan … for a quarterback to come to me, a veteran coach, and share these things, No. 1, he can’t be the sharpest guy, to do something like that, or he’s got to … feel very good about the owner backing him up. And since you have been telling me from Day 1 he’s a dropback quarterback … this is an extension of you,’ ” Shanahan continued. “He said it wasn’t.”
Despite getting benched each of the past two seasons, Griffin is still Washington’s starting quarterback, second-year coach Jay Gruden said.
• The Minnesota Vikings haven’t wavered with their public stance since the season ended: They want Adrian Peterson to return. “I think our whole organization is on that same page,” general manager Rick Spielman said.
• Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine said he believes quarterback Johnny Manziel is in a “better place” since entering a treatment program earlier this month. Pettine said he visited the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner last week.