Wednesday February 18th, 2015

Chicago Bears head coach John Fox told reporters at the NFL combine that the team is evaluating whether Jay Cutler should be the team's quarterback entering next season. 

In six seasons with the Bears, Cutler has led the Bears to the playoffs only once.

Fox was clearly tired of the questions about Cutler near the end of his media session.

“So we’re going to ask this about eight different ways?” Fox said.

Fox instead said that the team was evaluating Cutler and that the team does not have a deadline on deciding his future with the team.

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“I don’t think there’s any question there’s ability and talent there,” Fox said. “There’s a lot more that goes into that. We’re evaluating that as we speak. I don’t want to stand up here and give you a final evaluation when I’m maybe a fourth through the test."

Bears GM Ryan Pace reiterated Fox's comments, saying that the team wants to assess Cutler "as a person" and that Chicago will take its time evaluating the quarterback position. 

Fox confirmed that the team has met with former Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown. McCown only won one of his 11 starts last season with the Buccaneers.

Cutler, 31, set career highs in completion percentage and touchdown passes in 2014, but he also tied for the league-lead in interceptions thrown.

Cutler said before the season ended that he had no idea about his future with the team even though he signed a seven-year, $126 million deal last offseason.

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