CHICAGO — With six days to go before he has to report to Bourbonnais for training camp, Jay Cutler spent his Friday on the beach for a charity volleyball tournament, with proceeds going to the Jay Cutler Foundation.
The Bears quarterback, in his own words, is comfortable, excited and ready to go for camp and the 2014 season.
“I’m ready to go. I’m ready to get started,” he said. “I’ve been talking to the guys the last couple weeks and I think everyone’s itching to get back into it and see what we have.
“There’s a lot of excitement, a lot of buzz, but there’s a lot of work to do. We’re still kind of on our second year with the new staff, so there’s still some kinks we’ve got to figure out.”
At this time last summer, Cutler was entering his first camp with head coach Marc Trestman and a new offense, also without a contract. Now he heads into Bourbonnais with his whole offense back and a very handsome long-term deal. Cutler was asked if this is the most comfortable he’s ever felt heading into a training camp.
“For sure, with all the guys around me, with Coach Trestman and the rest of the coaches in place from last year, there’s definitely a comfort there, not only me but with the rest of the guys as well.”
Cutler’s foundation raises money to help kids affected by Type 1 diabetes, and he has appreciated the support from the city of Chicago.
“It’s been great, it’s been humbling to see everyone come out and write checks at a time when the economy’s not exactly great so it’s hard to get people to write checks,” he said. “Chicago has great people and they definitely supported us, so I can’t thank them enough.”