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Donovan McNabb: Jay Cutler lucky Bears gave him that contract

jay-cutlerAdd Jay Cutler to this list of NFL quarterbacks that Donovan McNabb believes are overpaid. The former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, who has become quite the critic since he retired in 2011, is stunned that Cutler signed a seven-year, $126 million deal with the Chicago Bears earlier this year.

During an interview with 87.7 The Game’s Jarrett, Harry and Spike Show on Thursday, McNabb described Cutler as “lucky.”

“Are you serious?” McNabb asked, via CSNChicago.com. “I think Jay might be the luckiest dude in Chicago, to be honest with you, with the contract that he received for what we haven’t seen thus far.

“Don’t get me wrong, I think Jay’s got a strong arm, I think the sky’s the limit for him. But for what we’ve seen in Chicago, when you didn’t finish the NFC Championship — which it was due to injury. But even with that, you haven’t been able to get past that hump you needed.”

McNabb, while admitting that Cutler has been slowed by injury, was making the point that Cutler is fortunate to have been paid so handsomely without winning in the playoffs. The contract really works out to a three-year, $54 million deal with options each season after that, but McNabb doesn’t seem to care.

“This is a real big year,” McNabb added. “Josh McCown, your buddy, is not here no more. So you have no excuse. When you look across the board, you have the best wide receiver duo in the NFL. A great running back who they wouldn’t pay just about a year and a half ago, and then the tight end is excellent. And the offensive line finally looks good because you throw the ball, you don’t drop back 12, 14 yards.”

To a certain extent, McNabb is right. It just gets old hearing it from him. He said the same stuff about Tony Romo after he signed his big deal and again when Matthew Stafford signed his. You can’t help but think McNabb is bitter and jealous.



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  • bigbearfan

    Now I followed McNabb since he played Mt. Carmel High In the city, and always thought he was a very special player, but he should know better before chiming in on what a quarterback is worth. When his 5yr 78mil contract (over 15 mil per year) with the Redskins was called the “worst of all time”, he just cashed the check and you didn’t hear a peep out of him. But, when he couldn’t stay in shape (obviously bought into Campbell’s “CHUNKY” soup hype), had to be replaced by (dare I say) “Sexy Rexy”, and lost his job, he has become an expert on the NFL’s quarterback pay scale. And as far as durability goes, didn’t he only played 4 full 16 game seasons out of the 11 years he played in the league??? I think you hit the nail on the head with ” bitter and jealous”.

  • Nivlac Naharts

    Everybody’s a critic these days, and McNabb is right regardless if he’s bitter or not. Cutler has done N O T H I N G since arriving here in 09. If you aren’t winning playoff games, going to pro bowls and showing awareness in the pocket while making great decisions you have done nothing. He gets a chance to change all that this year with a lot more cash to boot.

  • S Bradshaw

    Goodness people if someone is telling it like it is then face reality. There is no way that Cutler or Romo deserved those contracts. Football isa team game and their teams may have been further now if they had a different QB. It’s the flat out truth.
    McNabb was missing some talent. I want someone here to say that either of them are better than McNabb was and actually be serious.