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Jay Cutler was once called the “worst quarterback in the NFL,” by NFL star Michael Bennett. In 2016, Rolling Stone, a publication that mostly focuses on music, believed that Cutler was so bad that it published an entire article that explained why Culter should give up on trying to play quarterback.

Although there were arguably worse quarterbacks than Cutler during his days with the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos, he developed a reputation for being an overpaid quarterback who choked during big games, threw inconsistent passes, missed dozens of games due to injury, and had a bad attitude. There will always be quarterbacks that are statistically subpar in the NFL, but a quarterback can’t be a leader and have a bad attitude. Cutler is known for his indifferent looks and poor body language. A multitude of ex-teammates and coaches have ripped Cutler for his play on the field and attitude off the field.

But even with all that baggage,  Cutler will get another chance to shine in the NFL after the Miami Dolphins signed him over Colin Kaepernick. When compared to Kaepernick’s 2016 stats, Cutler threw 4 touchdowns, 5 interceptions and finished with a quarterback rating of 27.8 out of 158.3. In 2016, Kaepernick threw 16 touchdowns, 4 interceptions and finished with a 90.7 quarterback rating. Kaepernick’s attitude in the locker room has also never been questioned by coaches or teammates.

The Dolphins’ signing Cutler over Kaepernick proves that it was a decision that was made due to racism and a lack of compassion for the plight of Blacks in America. Kaepernick’s only issue was that he did not want to stand for the national anthem because of the racial injustices in America. If NFL owners, general managers, and coaches are unwilling to sign Kaepernick because of his views, it proves that they are unwilling to have true empathy for the Black players who make them billions.

There isn’t any logic that would suggest that Culter is anywhere close to being as good as Kaepernick on the football field. But NFL owners would rather side with a subpar quarterback with a bad attitude than to sign a proven quarterback who stands for justice.

Cutler will receive $10 million from the Dolphins.

 

A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents music, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.