In a piece entitled “Six trades we’d like to see happen,” NFL.com writerGregg Rosenthal suggests that the Bears should trade quarterback Jay Cutler to the Texans for a mid-to-late-round draft pick.
The Bears’ much-maligned quarterback has seven touchdowns, four interceptions and a completion percentage of 60.9 in five games this season.
Cutler is proving once again he’s a solid mid-level starter, which has plenty of value to a team like the Texans that should be willing to take the short-term plunge. $10 million of Cutler’s $16 million salary is guaranteed next year, but is that really so bad for a team that has no present at the position (Brian Hoyer) or future? Having Cutler for the next season and a half should not prevent the Texans from doing everything possible to draft and develop a young quarterback, but Cutler would give them a far better option to throw to DeAndre Hopkins in the meantime. What’s wrong with upgrading from league-worst to average?
As much as Chicago fans love to hate on Cutler, he would definitely be an upgrade in Houston, where coach Bill O’Brien apparently still can’t make up his mind about which quarterback to start.
After naming Brian Hoyer the starter during training camp, O’Brien called on Ryan Mallett for Week 2, only to later revert back to Hoyer.
Neither has a completion percentage above 59 percent.
In addition, writer Chris Wesseling suggested the Bears should ship star running back Matt Forte to the Giants.
Forte, who’s in his contract year, will turn 30 in December. In the 95-year history of the NFL, there have been only 46 instances of a 1,000-yard season by a running back age 30 or older.
Wesseling said the Bears could get a third-round pick in return.