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Jay Cutler Might Stay In Chicago After This Season

After a battery of tests and multiple medical opinions, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is dealing with a partially torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, according to several sources informed of his condition.

In addition to the injury, he’s also dealing with significant wear-and-tear on this right shoulder from years of bumps, bruises, and countless throws. The result is painful tendonitis that threatens to end his season

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It’s unclear if Cutler will need shoulder surgery. If he does, his dealings with the Bears becomes more complicated. With no guaranteed money left on his seven-year, $126-million contract, the Bears could release him.

The other part of the story surrounds Cutler’s contract for next year. His base salary for 2017 is just $12.5 million, plus another $2.5 million in roster bonuses. That’s good money for a starting QB.

Although the Bears tried to trade him a few years back — and coach John Fox clearly not too fond of him — there’s no guarantee they’ll improve at the position next year. The draft is considered a very weak one at the quarterback position. Brian Hoyer has shown some improvement  as his backup and would’ve kept the starting job had he not suffered a broken forearm. But his contract is up after this season, and he could catch the interest of some teams in need of a QB.

Plus, what if Fox is fired after the season? Could a new coach embrace Cutler?

Cutler might be released after the season. But given so much uncertainty at the position and the options available, it’s far from a sure thing that he’s gone in Chicago.