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Chicago Bears (3-13; 4th in NFC North)


Jay Cutler – The Cutler Era in Chicago will likely unceremoniously end this off-season after a mostly polarizing eight years with the Bears. He sprained his thumb in Week 2 and missed five games to the injury before tearing the labrum in his throwing shoulder and missing the final six games. He underwent surgery to repair his shoulder in early December. He completed 81/137 passes (59.1%) for 1059 yards (7.7 YPA), 4 TDs, and 5 INTs, averaging 15.1 FPG in his five games. Cutler has had an up-and-down tenure in Chicago but has been in decline recently, and he played worse than his backups Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley in 2016. Cutler likely has a few seasons left in him at 34, but he’s unlikely to spend the next couple years with the Bears. With the guaranteed portion of Cutler’s seven-year, $126 million contract done, the Bears are expected to start over at quarterback, with either a high draft pick and/or a cheaper stop-gap as the starter in 2017. Cutler could be hard pressed to find a starting gig in free agency, and he could be relegated to a backup role at his next stop.

Brian Hoyer – The Bears have some major decisions to make at quarterback for 2017, but Hoyer is the one QB that played last season who we could see returning. He actually played pretty well as the starter, throwing for 6 TDs without an INT and going for more 300+ yards in all four of his starts in Weeks 3-6. He averaged 22.9 FPG in that stretch (10th at the position) and was a viable streamer of the waiver wire. Hoyer entered the lineup after Jay Cutler sprained his thumb in Week 2, and he left in Week 7 and missed the rest of the year with a fractured forearm. Hoyer completed 134/200 passes (67.0%) for 1445 yards (7.2 YPA), 6 TDs, and 0 INTs, averaging 16.3 FPG in six games. Hoyer did average a miserable .48 fantasy points per pass attempt – the league average was .53 – so a lot of his production was driven by volume, but he also had just one turnover on a lost fumble. Hoyer was once an afterthought here, but there’s a chance he might end up as the starter in 2017. Cutler doesn’t have a future with the Bears, and Matt Barkley faltered down the stretch after a strong start. Hoyer seems like the most logical stop-gap/mentor for the start of 2017 if the Bears decide to go with a rookie in the early rounds.

Matt Barkley – Barkley surprised many by looking competent in his first couple starts after both Jay Cutler (shoulder) and Brian Hoyer (forearm) were lost for the season. He turned...