The Chicago Bears may look at a Jay Cutler trade this offseason and teams like the Washington Redskins, Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns could be interested in making a deal, while head coach John Fox and general manager Ryan Pace may also look at Brandon Marshall, as his future could be up in the air after a disappointing season.
Cutler comes into the offseason after having a disappointing year overall, as he led the league in interceptions and the Bears finished just 5-11. John Fox comes in to take over for Marc Trestman and he could look at making a move with Cutler if he wants to start over at the quarterback position. According to Jeff Dickerson on Twitter, Fox and Pace did not commit to Cutler or Marshall when they had the chance at the NFL combine and while that doesn't mean the two players will be gone, it means the team is at least thinking about making moves.
Cutler actually had a solid season stats-wise, but the results overall on the field were not great. The Bears won just five games last season and the offense was a major disappointment when looking at the talent they had coming into 2014. The team had Cutler at the helm with Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte and now Fox could make some changes. Cutler signed a mega deal last year with Emery at the helm and that is another reason why the team could move on from Cutler.
Cutler set career highs in completion percentage and touchdown passes last season, but the Bears ended up with a top 10 draft pick and new regime at the top of the front office. Cutler was benched in Week 16 for Jimmy Clausen and that started the speculation about his future in Chicago. While Trestman is now gone and likely made that decision to help save his job, it still could come up for Pace and Fox as they try and move forward. Fox had chances to put his support behind Cutler and while it doesn't necessarily mean that the team will trade him, Fox was not ready to say he will be the starting quarterback.
Marshall also could be on the chopping block this offseason, as Fox did not give him "any assurances" about his future when the two met and Fox also was noncommittal at the combine. Marshall had a disappointing season last year and he will have his salary of $7.5 million become guaranteed in March. The team could look at making a move before that and it comes after Marshall missed time while being injured and put up his lowest numbers since he was a rookie.
Marshall had 61 catches last season for 721 yards and eight touchdowns and the team was also concerned about his appearances on Inside the NFL. Marshall had at least 100 catches and 1295 yards and 11 touchdowns in each of his last two seasons with the Bears and now he could be moving on again. Marshall appeared to be well-behaved in his time in Chicago, which was a change from how he was in Denver and Miami. If the Bears make major moves on Cutler or Marshall, they could end up with a big haul of draft picks to rebuild with.