2014 Free Agents -- Defensive Linemen

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  1. JustAnotherBearsFan99

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    We may get a "home town discount" in the $80-90 mil range. If Jay puts together a full "body of work" this season that is solid, then he will have a market value in the $90-100 mil range. That doesn't mean he will jump ship for one of those offers. But that will be his value. He's top-5 in passing yards now, and making great decisions with the ball. If he ends up the season as one of the top QB's in the NFL, then don't kid yourself, a team will offer him a sweet deal. There are teams that would kill for a QB with Jay's skill-set, canon-arm -- if he NOW becomes a smart QB too. One who protects the ball.
     
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    We'll see.

    I don't need to use Brady. Luck and Locker are as good or better than Romo and Flacco with recent contracts way under $100 million.
     
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    Luck and Locker are in their ROOKIE contracts. Not "proven vet" deals. Apples and oranges there.
     
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    both are in their rookie contract, that is not an apples to apples comparrison unless you plan on letting JC walk for a rookie qb to play next year; I'm hardly a cutler backer and even I don't want to see that happen.
     
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    I sure don't want to do that,either. But do you want be watching your $100 million QB next year while the Bears are losing because we still have no pass rush?

    Give me two high-quality pass rushers and a good safety to replace Conte, and I'll take my chances with a new QB and pick up Schaub as back-up. Don't let Cutler break the bank with so many holes to fill on defense. Cutler has to prove himself in playoffs before I'd pay him top dollar.
     
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    David, I definitely understand your point. It may or may not be a good move for the Bears to spend that kind of money on Cutler. My point is not whether or not he is worth that amount of money to the Bears. I'm just saying his market value is going to be in that range if he finishes this season as one of the top QB's in the NFL. That's a big "if" but certainly he looks like he has a shot at pulling it off this year. He's already top-5 in the NFL this year in yards passing. If he cleans up his turnover woes, and makes decisions like he did against New York, then he may end up with top-5 or at least a top-10, in most all the QB categories.
     
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    Consider this...

    "The latest move by the Bears provides only temporary relief. With the restructured deal, Peppers’ cap numbers over the final two years of his contract rise. In 2014, Peppers’ cap number grows from $17.183 million to $18.183 million. In 2015, Peppers’ cap number grows to $20.683 million."

    Now,correct me if I am wrong, if we cut Peppers, then all that money counts against the cap in 2014. How then can we afford a $100 million contract for Cutler? Let's say Cutler's cap hit is $15M. Doing these two things takes up a huge chunk of the cap.
     
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    Keep in mind that Cutler makes well over $7-mil a year now. So it's not ALL new money. But I get your point. It'll be a boatload MORE money. The way Pep is playing now, there's no way he's on our roster next year, no matter what the cap hit. He's toast. To be honest, I really don't understand the cap consequences of this. But why keep a guy who can no longer play?
     
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    We have 23 guys in last year of their contracts. They might restructure Pep's contract one more time rather than cut him to just avoid this $45M cap bomb hitting the same year Cutler gets his extension and we have 22 other players going UFA. We are going to see a whole lot of new faces in Bears uniforms!
     
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    Cutler signs for 75 mil,Peppers takes a salary reduction,Melton signs cheap.We draft a DE and sign a fat a$$ DT in free agency. ( My hopes for next year )
     

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