Bears general manager Phil Emery was the one who helped engineer Jay Cutler's new megadeal (seven years, $126 million), but it's a former Bears GM that weighed in on the contract Thursday.
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Jerry Angelo, the GM in Chicago from 2001-11, joined Twitter recently and responded to a question from a fan on Cutler's deal.
"I'd feel better if I were Bus Cook, his agent!" Angelo wrote. "He got paid in line with the other quarterbacks that got paid recently. That's the number. You either pay or you don't. Don't be fooled: Some other team would have given the same money or more, because there would have been a bidding war.
"Teams like the Browns, Raiders, Buccaneers, Texans, Titans, Jaguars, Jets, Cardinals would have been potential suitors. The reality -- what are your options? The value of what he does can't be underscored. It's rarer than a starting, 95 mph left-handed pitcher or a seven-foot center who can score."
Interesting take. Sounds like Angelo would have gone the same path as his successor in locking Cutler up long-term.