Cutler: If Packers called, “I’d have to pass on that”

CHICAGO — Jay Cutler recently announced his retirement from professional football, but told Fox Sports One on Monday that he’d choose retirement over the opportunity to play for the Green Bay Packers if they ever needed his services.

Doug Gottlieb filled in as host of “The Herd With Colin Cowherd” and posed a scenario: Would Cutler sign with his former rival if Aaron Rodgers were ever hurt?

“Everyone loves hypotheticals,” Cutler began. “…Honestly, if the Green Bay Packers call, I’m probably not going to do it. I don’t think they would ever call me, but I’d probably have to pass on that.”

Cutler played in only five games in 2016, throwing four touchdowns and five interceptions before being replaced by Mike Glennon. Cutler ends his career in Chicago with at least 14 franchise records, including passing yards (23,443) and passing touchdowns (154).

Packers claim ex-Bears DT Ego Ferguson

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers added another piece to the defensive line Monday evening by claiming former Chicago Bears tackle Ego Ferguson.

Ferguson is in the final year of his four-year rookie contract, being selected by Chicago in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of LSU. He stands to make about $980,000 in the 2017 season.

The Bears moved on from Ferguson after injuries and suspensions limited him to 13 tackles, two sacks, and one start in his three years with the team. He was waived this season with an injury designation before officially being released last week.

Packers CB Dorleant arrested for disturbance at Iowa bar

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Green Bay Packers cornerback Makinton Dorleant was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with misdemeanor interference during a disturbance at an Iowa bar.

Dorleant was with former Northern Iowa teammate and Chicago Bears cornerback Deiondre’ Hall at Sharkey’s Fun House just off campus. Hall was cited for disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and interference. Both players were released from jail that same night.

Dorleant described the incident in a phone interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“The bouncer at the front door, he wasn’t letting us in. He forced me out, and then Deiondre’ saw it and there was a little shoving, like other guys too that we were hanging out with. Then the police came and they just had to separate us. They took me and Deiondre’ — not away but they drove us off just because there was a scene. We ended up driving away downtown. Then we got let go. That was really it. Nothing else really happened from what I know.”

Dorleant went undrafted before signing with the Packers in May of 2016. He’s played in four games for Green Bay, recorded one tackle.

Wilcox reaches agreement to become Cal head coach

MADISON, Wis. — Justin Wilcox’ time as Wisconsin’s defensive coordinator was short-lived, agreeing to a five-year contract to become the next head coach at Cal.

40-year-old Wilcox spent 11 months in Madison, leading the Badgers to a top-10 defense in points allowed, total defense, rushing defense, takeaways, and interceptions. He’ll leave behind a $950,000 salary with the Badgers in 2017  to head back to the west coast where he’s spent most of his career. From 2003-2005, Wicox coached linebackers at Cal | Berkley before taking roles as defensive coordinator at Boise State, Washington, and USC.

Who is likely to fill the void left behind at Wisconsin? Internal candidates are likely to be defensive backs coach Jim Leonhard and linebackers coach Tim Tibesar, although Tibesar was passed over for the position last year when Dave Aranda left for LSU. No external candidates have emerged as of yet.

Wilcox takes over a Bears team that went 5-7 in 2016, good enough for fourth in the Pac | 12 North.

Packers avoid collapse, beat Bears 30-27

CHICAGO — The Green Bay Packers allowed the Chicago Bears to come back from a 27-10 lead, but Aaron Rodgers’ late drive allowed Mason Crosby to hit the game-winner as time expired to give Green Bay a 30-27 win.

Bears quarterback Matt Barkley showed why some within the organization think he could be the future of the franchise, throwing for 362 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Unfortunately for Barkley, he also turned the ball over three times.

Rodgers, on the other hand, made the most of his opportunities, gimpy calf and all, throwing a 60-yard pass to Jordy Nelson with less than 30 seconds remaining to set Crosby up for the game-winning field goal. Rodgers was 19-of-31 on the day for 252 yards, and while he didn’t find the end zone, he also avoided any turnovers.

The Green Bay running game was superb, with Ty Montgomery and Christine Michael combining for 207 yards and three touchdowns.

Packers work out TE Rob Housler

GREEN BAY, Wis. — While it initially looked like the Packers were going to see how much Kellen Winslow, Jr. had left in the tank, they’ve reportedly held a workout for tight end Rob Housler instead.

Housler is a former third-round draft pick, spending the first four years of his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals. Last season, he split time between the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns, playing in 10 games, logging a total of four catches for 33 yards. Housler’s best season came in 2013 when he hauled in his only NFL touchdown.

The report also notes workouts for tight end J.P. Holtz and linebacker Christian French.

Report: Sitton signs with Bears

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Well Packers fans if you weren’t happy with the Packers cutting Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton yesterday you really won’t like this news! Sitton has reportedly signed a three-year deal with the Chicago Bears, according to Alex Marvez ofSporting News.

The Packers surprisingly cut Sitton on Saturday. He reportedly was released because he wasn’t happy with the team’s decision to extend a contract that was due to expire after the coming season, althought Sitton has denied that report.

In signing Sitton, the Bears will likely start him immediately at left guard over second-round rookie Cody Whitehair.

Sitton will return to Green Bay on Thursday, October 20, when the Packers host the Bears on a Thursday night.

 

Ex-Packer DT Bruce Gaston cut by Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings announced they have released former Detroit Lions linebacker Travis Lewis and former Packers defensive tackle Bruce Gaston.

Both players were added during the offseason, but will miss the cut in preparation for training camp. Gaston joined the Vikings in late May after B.J. Dubose suffered a torn ACL. He recorded 12 tackles and one sack during the 2015, splitting time with the Packers and Bears.