Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler revealed today on his radio show today that he would be willing to take a “hometown discount” to stay with the Bears. Here are the quotes:
“I’m not gonna try to break the bank,” Cutler said.
“What kind of discount we talkin’?” Cutler asked.
Waddle replied, “50 percent off.”
“Ah, c’mon,” Cutler said, laughing. “We can talk like 5 or 10 (percent off), but 50? This isn’t a going-out-of-business sale.”
Cutler then revealed the reasons he would consider taking less money. “I want to be on a successful team, and I know that paying one or two or three players premium (salaries) hurts your chances of being able to bring in extra talent,” Cutler said. “So when we get there, we’ll figure it out.”
Jay takes a lot of heat for his actions on and off the field and his body language but I think he has proven to be a good quarterback who has his head on straight. Fans are always in athletes pockets and telling them to take less and here we have an example of someone saying he will do it(for now). Cutler did acknowledge that he may get an angry call or text from his agent though. “I don’t think I should even be saying stuff like this. I’m killing myself right now,” Cutler joked. “I’m breaking the bank. Let’s go back; rewind. (Agent) Bus (Cook) is gonna text me (saying), ‘What are you doing right now?’”
In the end, Cutler knows that players, especially quarterbacks are judged by Super Bowls and not how much money they make. Check out his final quote. “You get to a point in your career I think it’s not even about money,” said Cutler, in his seventh season. “You’re secure. You want to win Super Bowls.”