Should the Buffalo Bills Trade For Bears QB Jay Cutler?

As the Buffalo Bills approach their final two games with Kyle Orton as the starter fans have started to shift their focus to the offseason, despite the Bills still being alive in the playoff picture.  Those wandering eyes have seen a top five defense and a spectacular rookie campaign from Sammy Watkins go for naught as the Bills are one victory by Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, or Baltimore from playoff elimination.

It’s become evident throughout the season that the Bills just did not have good enough quarterback play.  Even if the Bills win their two remaining games and finish 10-6 they would have missed the playoffs by one game, or lost out on crucial tiebreakers.

Because of these reasons Bills fans are now wondering out loud about potential veteran quarterbacks that would be available for the team to acquire either via signing or trades, with the biggest debate being whether to trade for Jay Cutler or Robert Griffin III.

Jay Cutler is a nine year veteran that has led his team to the post season once in 2010.  He is 31, has two winning seasons as a starter, and is now enemy number one in Chicago.  He’s also a noted moody quarterback that forced a trade early in his career.  Coupled with the fact that if he were to come to Buffalo would bring a great deal of irony as he would replace Kyle Orton a second time.

Most fans are looking at Cutler as either a misunderstood talent, or an above average team killer.  The reality is that Cutler is a gun slinger ala Brett Favre without the championships.  Since Cutler arrived in Chicago here are his totals over six seasons.

QBrec

 

Cmp

 

Att

 

Cmp%

 

Yds

 

TD

 

Int

 

Y/C

 

Y/G

 

Sk

 

C/TD
44-37-0

 

1605

 

2615

 

61.4

 

18553

 

129

 

93

 

11.6

 

229

 

203

 

12.4

 

Now let’s compare Cutler’s 16 game averages and project it within the current Bills offense.

Cmp/G

 

Att/G

 

Cmp%

 

Yds

 

TD/G

 

Int/G

 

Y/C

 

Y/G

 

Sk/Att

 

C/TD INT/Att
16 Game Average 19.8 32.2 61.4

 

18553 1.6 1.1 11.6

 

22.9 .07 12.4 .03
2014 Bills 22.5 36 62.1% 3351 1.3 .78 10.6
239.4
.06 16.5 .02
Cutler on 2014 Bills 22.2 36 61.6% 4083 1.79 1 11.6

 

255.2 .07= 2.5 p/g 12.4 .03

So what does Jay Cutler do for the Bills?  He brings legitimacy at the quarterback position, arm talent, and big play ability.  What he also could bring are more headaches.  The higher interception and sack rate are troublesome and could stall drives, but with the playmakers already in place, Cutler could boom with Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, and potentially pushes the offense to a top 15 finish.

Those downsides though are a lower completion percentage and higher interception rate.  Those negative plays may come in desperation, and Cutler hasn’t had the best line in his time in Chicago, but it’s still a worrisome sign.

The funny thing is that Cutler is arguably having his best season as a passer.  He’s thrown for his third most yards, the most touchdowns, and highest completion percentage in a season.  His downfall is that he’s also tied his second most interceptions, and third in sacks taken.

What this comes down to is compensation for Chicago (and money they eat), as well whether the Bills brass deems Cutler an upgrade over who they have and everyone available (including the draft).

Fans frustration over the quarterback play lie within their inability to complete the obvious throws and reads. Is Cutler an upgrade in this department?   Probably, but by how much is negligible.

About Jason DeHart

Jason is a UB alum with over six years of media experience including his time as the student voice for the UB Bulls football & basketball teams. He currently resides in Delray Beach with his wife and currently works for CBSSports.com as an online video producer. #billsmafia4life

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