New rumors indicate that the Chicago Bears might trade quarterback Jay Cutler now that they have acquired veteran athlete Brian Hoyer. Although Hoyer was signed to be a backup, his extensive experience could easily catapult him to the starting position.
Hoyer's deal with the Bears was confirmed by ESPN after the former agreed to sign a one-year contract worth $2 million. During his time with the NFL, he played for the Cleveland Browns where he got to spend time with Dowell Loggains, the current offensive coordinator of the Bears.
"I like that Dowell has been with him, has a lot of comfort with him," Ryan Pace the general manager of the Bears said. "I've watched him play over the years. A very intelligent player. I know he's got a strong work ethic because we've got coaches that have been with him."
"I think he's a really good piece to add to the mix," he added.
Hoyer was brought in to serve as a backup to Cutler. But aside from being the latter's replacement in case he's not available, Hoyer is also expected to work with Cutler to teach him about various techniques on the field.
However, it seems this is not the only reason the Bears signed Hoyer to its roster. According to Sportsrageous, the 30-year-old athlete could eventually replace Cutler as the team's starting quarterback.
Of course, this will only happen once the Bears decide to trade Cutler. If this happens, the team will most likely give Hoyer a contract extension to maximize his time with the team as the quarterback. This would certainly be a logical move for the Bears given Hoyer's skills and experience as a leader.
But then again, the Bears could defy the rumors by retaining Cutler. As noted by the Chicago Tribune, the team already had a chance to get a replacement quarterback during last week's draft event. Although the Bears was poised to take either Paxton Lynch or Connor Cook, the team passed up on these opportunities.
This strongly suggests that the team is still confident that Cutler will still deliver the same performance he showed in 2015. And, with Hoyer as his backup, Cutler will have a mentor who can help him improve his skills.