Updates from Around the Web: Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears

Anirudh KulkarniContributor IApril 11, 2009

LAKE FOREST, IL - APRIL 3: General Manager Jerry Angelo (L) of the Chicago Bears looks on along with head coach Lovie Smith (R) as they introduce Jay Cutler as their new quarterback during a press conference on April 3, 2009 at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Illinois. (Photo by Jim Prisching/Getty Images)

Jay Cutler is still eligible to receive the $100,000 workout bonus that he missed with the Broncos.

"The contract applies to the Bears and because Cutler was acquired before the start of the club's voluntary offseason workout program, he's eligible to cash in. It doesn't matter what happened with the Broncos, where he had missed out on the mark after missing six days.

"The interesting thing to note is Cutler's contract calls for him to be present for 90 percent of the workouts to trigger the payment.

"Typically, the Bears ask their players to appear at 85 percent of workouts to collect bonuses in their contracts. Cutler will have to do better to be paid, but it's money he is eligible to earn," writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times.


Cutler, Pace, and Olsen

"I know adding Cutler and left tackle Orlando Pace in an off-season that included the solid signing of another starter, guard Frank Omiyale, transformed the Bears into the most improved playoff-caliber team in the NFC heading into the NFL draft," writes David Haugh from the Chicago Tribune.

"[Greg Olsen's] next entry [on his website] should include the realistic goal of 70 receptions and eight touchdowns now that Cutler is his quarterback," wrote Haugh.

Acquiring this goal should be a piece of cake for the first round draft pick. If he does get his target, then he would be at the level of Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates.


Nathan Vasher stepping up his game

"I know of all the players mentioned who will benefit from Cutler, wayward cornerback Nathan Vasher has been overlooked.

Follow the logic: Vasher started regressing the more he had to play the run, his weakness, and the more teams ran the ball to protect leads, the worse he looked.

Theoretically, Cutler makes the offense more dangerous and more likely to score points and get leads that will force opponents to throw more. The more teams throw, the more chances "The Interceptor" will have to play to his strengths as a cover guy with a knack for finding the ball.

Maybe not, but the Bears should try to revive the career of the only defensive back on their roster who has been to a Pro Bowl."

This argument makes perfect sense, provided that Cutler has the wide receivers to throw to so he could get that insurmountable lead that forces opponents to throw interceptions.


Rex Grossman

According to profootballtalk.com, Rex Grossman changed his agent from Eugene Parker to Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for players such as Plaxico Burress, Santana Moss, Anquan Boldin, Lance Briggs, and of course, Terrell Owens.