Aryssah Stankevitsch
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Is Jay Cutler Worth Every Penny?

May 14, 2013 3:22 PM EST

A one-way ticket on local transport in Chicago is $2.25. An average movie ticket in the city is $12. A gym membership downtown runs about $60 per month.

But how much is Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery willing to pay Jay Cutler?

With one year left to go on his five-year, $50.37 million contact, this is the season for good ol' Cutty to go big if he wants to be able to afford all of those aforementioned goodies in Chicago.

The Bears have said they will not offer a contract to the 29-year-old QB until 2014, after this past season where he had 3033 passing yards, 19 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. He was also sacked 38 times, fifth most among NFL quarterbacks in 2012.

"It doesn't make me mad," Cutler said to the Chicago Tribune. "You know, there's some big numbers being thrown out there. You can't get ahead of yourself. We've got to win games to sign those contracts. I'm in my last year obviously. I'm sure everybody knows that."

His career passer rating stands at 81.9, which is “eh” at best; however, he’s the leader of that category in Bears history, which doesn't really say much. He also holds the Chicago record for completions with 1034.

Keep in mind, he hasn't played for the Bears that long.

Cutler hasn’t had a player of the week (or month) honor since 2009. Though he was the 11th pick in 2006, he has not become the franchise player he was meant to be. Lacking consistency, he’s had four sad seasons in Chicago and only one playoff berth (which was his only post-season experience in seven seasons).

I highly recommend watching a specific old South Park episode, where the kids meet Cutler and say: “Nice to meet you. I mean, you kinda suck, but my dad says you might be good some day.”