Cutler beaten out by Tebow on NFL top-100 list
9:46 a.m. CDT, June 28, 2012
Five Chicago Bears made the NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2012 list, but Jay Cutler wasn't one of them. Among the 13 quarterbacks who made the list ahead of Cutler: New York Jets backup Tim Tebow.
The complete list -- voted on by NFL players -- was revealed Wednesday. Quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers and Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints were voted 1-2, and New England's Tom Brady was voted the league's fourth-best player.
The other quarterbacks to make the top 100 (and their ranking): Ben Roethlisberger (30), Eli Manning (31), Cam Newton (40), Matthew Stafford (41), Peyton Manning (50), Philip Rivers (61), Michael Vick (70), Joe Flacco (74), Tony Romo (91) and Tebow (95).
In 10 games before being injured last season, Cutler threw for 2,319 yards and 13 touchdowns with seven interceptions and had a passer rating of 85.7. In 15 games for the Denver Broncos, Tebow threw for 1,729 yards and 12 TDs with six interceptions and had a passer rating of 72.9. He also ran for 660 yards and six TDs and guided the Broncos into the playoffs.
The only Bears to crack the list were Julius Peppers (26), Matt Forte (33), Devin Hester (48), Brian Urlacher (51) and Lance Briggs (72).