Bears may have to include perks in trade of Jay Culter

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The season is not over but it might as well be for Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears.

Signed to a seven-year deal this offseason that made him the NFL’s highest paid player, Cutler has buckeled. Bears coach Marc Tretsman has lost the locerkroom after failing to coax the best out of his high paid gunslinger, wide receiver Brandon Marshall is lost for the season. The defense has crumbled and Chris Conte continues to limp to the sideline what some sort of injury.

The Bears are done for the year at 5-9 turning to Jimmy Clausen for their Week 16 game.

What comes next is anyone’s guess. Tretsman appears out the door but Culter is still a big question mark. Cutler’s large salary and poor play this year make him hard to move meaning that anyone willing to take a risk on his upside is going to have second thoughts. So much so that ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that many NFL executives believe the Bears will have to include a high round draft pick to find any takers for Cutler. Ouch.

Cutler has completed 66.1-percent of his passes this year for 3640 yards and a 28:18 touchdown to interception ratio. He also has six fumbles which has allowed him to lead the NFL in turnovers.