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Cutler signing a bad deal for Bears

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  • With Derrick Rose on the sideline again, Bulls general manager Gar Forman has some tough decisions to make regarding the team's future.

    With Derrick Rose on the sideline again, Bulls general manager Gar Forman has some tough decisions to make regarding the team's future.
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In what I consider the worst Chicago Bears' signing since Dave Wannstedt, the Bears and Jay Cutler have agreed to a seven-year deal.

Why you may ask? Well, ask them, because I don't understand their thinking.

In the final few weeks of his supposed "audition," Jay Cutler threw a couple of pick-6 interceptions and was under whelming.

I know that Cutler fans will say it wasn't his fault in the last game -- and it wasn't completely -- but wasn't he at least culpable?

Could there have been more drives instead of so many three and outs?

Of course, but the Bears brass and Marc Trestman probably liked the continuity of Cutler.

Here's the deal in a nutshell: he's 30 years old, injury prone and hasn't led the Bears to diddly. And his record against the arch rival Green Bay Packers is atrocious.

I do know Bears fans wouldn't have cried if he had been let go, but there is plenty of time to hash this out in the months to come.

Bulls have issues:

I was watching the Bulls play the Toronto Raptors at the United Center on TV and I noticed before the game that the Bulls were 2-point underdogs.

Remember, that's with high-priced talent such as Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng and led by a very good coach in Tom Thibodeau.

So what has happened? I'd like to ask team president John Paxson and Gar Forman, his under-the-radar GM.

The Derrick Rose injuries have created a mess for this team, but remember if Rose's decision to take a year and a half had worked, we would be reading how the Bulls organization proved their critics wrong.

But that didn't happen did it? It was botched from the beginning and now the development of the team is on hold.

It's been four years since they were in the Eastern Conference finals. With solid players gone from previous rosters (C.J. Watson, Omer Asik and Nate Robinson), the current bench is at best adequate.

I haven't seen yet what Forman brings to the table, but his tenure has been less than average. He has some tough decisions to make regarding how they will proceed.

Do they break it up or keep it together and hope for the lottery balls to fall into place?

I wonder where the franchise would be today if Derrick Rose hadn't fallen into their laps?

I plan on keeping Forman above the radar -- someone has to.

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