ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said comments made by his wife, actress Kristin Cavallari, about the city of Chicago not being home were taken out of context.
This is in response to Cavallari saying in an interview with Elle Magazine recently that “Chicago’s just not home.” In the interview, Cavallari also said Cutler “hates LA” and that the family wants to settle in Nashville once Cutler’s contract with the Bears ends.
When asked how he felt about Chicago, Cutler appeared to defend the city.
“We have family in Chicago,” Cutler said during a break at the A4: Ann Arbor’s Aerial Assault quarterbacks camp at the University of Michigan on Saturday. “We have a house in Chicago. Our roots are in Chicago.
“We love being there.”
Cutler, 32, has spent the past six seasons with Chicago, starting 82 games for the Bears after being traded by the Denver Broncos in 2009. Cutler has gone 44-38 as a starter with Chicago, completing 1,628 of 2,651 passes for 18,725 yards, 129 touchdowns and 93 interceptions.
Cutler is under contract with Chicago through 2020 and already has $10 million of his contract for the 2016 season fully guaranteed. Next season is the last year the Bears have guaranteed money invested in Cutler.
The Bears quarterback declined to discuss how new coach John Fox is judging him compared to his old coach, Marc Trestman.
He was in Ann Arbor for a camp put on by Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and Wolverines’ quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch. Cutler said Fisch, who coached wide receivers for the Broncos in 2008, when Cutler was the team’s quarterback, invited him to the camp and he wanted to attend.
“I have a lot of respect for him,” Cutler said. “Kept in touch over the years so he asked me to come out here and I was honored to get an invite.”
Cutler spent a good portion of the morning working with campers on drills and played relay man during a drill where Harbaugh had campers shagging fly balls and then hitting the cut-off man. Cutler said he hadn’t caught a baseball since high school but that he thought he “did OK,” even though he missed a few throws from campers.
Cutler was the premier name of a bunch of former NFL quarterbacks at the camp, including former Michigan quarterbacks Elvis Grbac and Todd Collins. Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston, the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft, was supposed to work the camp as well but pulled out.
San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick was also supposed to work the camp, but the dates conflicted with his own camp. Kaepernick’s father, Rick, was a guest speaker at the Michigan camp on Saturday.