BOURBONNAIS — One year after their Summer of Love, Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall are exes.
Ex-teammates, that is — though the Bears quarterback said it’s rare for a former partner, in any walk of life, to get along immediately after a split.
“No one really likes their ex-girlfriend just after a breakup,” Cutler told NFL Network on Thursday following the Bears’ first training camp practice. “He’s fine — and he’s been like that for as long as I’ve known him.”
Marshall and Cutler played together for three years in Denver and three more with the Bears. Cutler called the receiver “an incredible player” who “did a lot for us here,” even if the team struggled last season.
“It just didn’t work out,” Cutler said. “I could have been the guy that got shipped out of here as well.
“New staff, new GM — you just never know what’s gonna happen.”
Marshall, who was traded to the Jets in March, wasn’t quite so magnanimous earlier this month. Asked on Twitter to identify the best quarterback he’s ever played with, Marshall picked former Broncos and Bears passer Kyle Orton, who he admitted had a “bad body.”
It was a different tune from exactly one year ago Thursday, when Marshall infamously predicted that Cutler “absolutely” could win league MVP.
“I don’t know why they wouldn’t believe it,” Marshall said then. “This is a different person. I don’t know this guy. I don’t know this new Jay Cutler. Maybe his new name is like Joshua or something. This is a totally different guy. Just call him Joshua Cutler. That’s what the ‘J’ stands for.”
Speaking with local media Wednesday, Cutler said he would miss “a lot” about Marshall, whose 721 receiving yards in an injury-shortened 2014 were his fewest since his rookie season.
“He brought so much to practice and to games and to the building,” Cutler said. “He’s a tough guy to replace. You know that on third-and-5, if he’s manned up, you’re probably going to get a completion from him.
“Just that constant professionalism that he brought every day is something we’re going to have to replace.”
One day later, Cutler predicted big things for his former teammate.
“He’s gonna do well with the Jets,” he told the network. “And I know he’s in unbelievable shape. I’ve seen him work out in Chicago a little bit, so he’s gonna do well.”
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