While I’ll admit there isn’t an Andrew Luck in the 2014 QB draft class. This class has every opportunity to be every bit as good if not better than that terrific class in 2012.
I believe Brett Hundley is the top of the class. While most pundits and writers are putting Teddy Bridgewater at the top of the draft I like Hundley’s game better and his physical build better, While both are listed at 6’3” Hundley weighs 225 and Bridgewater a much lighter 195. I see Hundley as the almost perfect build. Lighter and faster than a Daunte Culpepper and heavier than Michael Vick with good running ability. I’d say Hundley is a better version of Cam Newton and I think Bridgewater is going to have a hard time staying healthy in the NFL at his size. Then you have to look at the competition each guy has faced and Hundley has clearly played the better competition. Plus Bridgewater has had some injuries, wrist/ankle. Hundley has been durable. In addition to Bridgewater and Hundley the other QB’s in this class include Marcus Mariota, Tajh Boyd, and some kid name Johnny Manziel. With second tier guys like A.J, McCarron, Aaron Murray, Stephen Morris, Derek Carr, and David Fales.
Obviously this is assuming Manziel and Hundley come out this year. So while Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, and Russell Wilson was/is a special QB class the 2014 has the potential to be even better.
Chicago Bears General Manager Phil Emery stated that the team will not talk contracts with any player Jay Cutler included once training camp started. So if he keeps to his guns no Bears players will be negotiating during the season. We have seen, Aaron Rodgers, Joe Flacco, Tony Romo, Matthew Stafford, and Matt Ryan have all received new deals this off-season.
The Bears didn’t really even get into negotiations with Cutler this off-season. I’m of the mind that they believe they can find a better QB. Now with all the QB’s the Bears ran through since Jim McMahon until they traded for Cutler most fans would have thought he would have been locked up long before entering the final season of his contract.
That said, is Cutler a franchise QB? Now keep in mind I ask the same question of Tony Romo as well. The numbers don’t really help Cutler at all. He has been the worst of all the quarterbacks mentioned above. Now can the Bears draft the next big time QB? Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, Brett Hundley? It’s an interesting question.
The Bears have always gotten where they’ve got in SPITE OF their offense. The offense has not improved much since Cutler’s arrival. Now many will blame his line. Legit gripe but he’s had a running game and now has Brandon Marshall.
Obviously this season is critical for Cutler and his future whether in Chicago or elsewhere. His money is going to depend on it.