“I’m not gonna try to break the bank,” Cutler said, via Michael Wright of ESPNChicago.com.
Co-host Tom Waddle suggested the veteran minimum, when Cutler said “What kind of discount we talkin’?”
Waddle said: “50 percent off.”
“Ah, c’mon,” Cutler said with a laugh. “We can talk like 5 or 10 [percent off], but 50? This isn’t a going-out-of-business sale.”
When things turned more serious, Cutler said it was important to him to leave the Bears with flexibility to bring in more players.
“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. . . .
“You get to a point in your career I think it’s not even about money. You’re secure. You want to win Super Bowls.”
The two sides haven’t started talking about a new deal, but Cutler knows he made things more difficult for his agent.
“I don’t think I should even be saying stuff like this. I’m killing myself right now,” Cutler said. “I’m breaking the bank. Let’s go back; rewind. Bus [Cook] is gonna text me [saying], ‘What are you doing right now?’”
One of my pet peeves is reading what fans say when a player is negotiating a new contract. I'd want as much money as possible.
quote:Except this scenario is more like this: if I was offered $100 million to play in Chicago, or $80 million to play in Chicago, I'd take the $100 million.
If over 5 years I was offered 100 mil to play in Buffalo or 90 mil to play in San Diego I would pick SD all day long. It isn't worth a little extra to be miserable and live in a place where you can't even spend your money the way you want to.
quote:because he has Brandon Marshall and he's a badass.
Why he would want to stay with that offensive line is beyond me.