Donovan McNabb had to this to say about Jay Cutler's new contract:
"Are you serious?"
The former Eagles quarterback was on 87.7 The Game's Jarrett, Harry and Spike show on Thursday, and the Chicago native had a less-than-positive assessment of the Bears franchise QB and his seven-year deal.
"I think Jay might be the luckiest dude in Chicago, to be honest with you, with the contract that he received for what we haven't seen thus far," McNabb said. "Don't get me wrong, I think Jay's got a strong arm, I think the sky's the limit for him. But for what we've seen in Chicago, when you didn't finish the NFC Championship — which it was due to injury. But even with that, you haven't been able to get past that hump you needed. One game to get into the playoffs, you couldn't get it done. Caleb Hanie comes in to play, Josh McCown comes in to play, and then contract comes up and you get paid like a top-three, top-four quarterback? I mean, are you serious? For what we've seen? If he doesn't do it this year, it's going to end up being a mistake."
McNabb obviously believes that Cutler has a bit more to prove before he deserves that top money he's making. And this year, McNabb said, with proven high-quality offensive pieces around him, is the time to do it.
"This is a real big year," McNabb said. "Josh McCown, your buddy, is not here no more. So you have no excuse. When you look across the board, you have the best wide receiver duo in the NFL. A great running back who they wouldn't pay just about a year and a half ago, and then the tight end is excellent. And the offensive line finally looks good because you throw the ball, you don't drop back 12, 14 yards.
"I think in Marc Trestman's offense, from what we've seen from Josh McCown, if you diagnose the defense, know where you're going to go and get the ball out of your hand, the offensive line will look great. But if you're going to get back to the old Jay Cutler of floating back in the back 12 to 14 yards, your offensive tackles are going to be liabilities, and then you're going to get back to the old game we've seen."
A harsh assessment from the six-time Pro Bowler.