If the varied opinions on the Bears' acquisition of Jay Cutler has bothered the quarterback, he certainly didn't show it Saturday when he made his first Chicago appearance for his foundation working with kids with diabetes.
"I think every quarterback in the NFL has a lot of pressure,'' Cutler said. ''Anywhere you go you're going to have pressure. Obviously, Chicago has great fans and great tradition. They expect a lot. And, I expect a lot out of myself. It's going to be a fun year.''
Tony Dungy, Mike Ditka and Rodney Harrison have all questioned Cutler to some degree in recent weeks, and the quarterback had not visited with media since last month.
''I'm fine with everything they said,'' Cutler said. ''I haven't played a game here. I'm yet to step on the field and throw a pass. There is a lot of stuff out there and there is a lot of questions. They are all good questions. I think once the season gets going we'll have some answers to some of those. But I'm enjoying it here. I'm having a great time. I'm having a great time with the Chicago Bears. I'm looking forward to the season.''
Cutler went from La Rabida Children's Hospital on the South Side to Soldier Field, but not for football. He and tight end Greg Olsen took in the Kenny Chesney concert. Cutler has one more week of practice at Halas Hall. The Bears will wrap up their offseason program on Thursday. Cutler is expected to collect a $100,000 roster bonus for attending at least 90 percent of the voluntary workout program.
*** No one should have been surprised Saturday when Denver coach Josh McDaniels named Kyle Orton as Cutler's replacement. Chris Simms had been with the Broncos longer, and was ostensibly competing with Orton, but McDaniels picked Orton as the replacement when the trade went down April 2. This is the earliest Orton has ever been named starter.
*** With the signing of third-round draft picks Jarron Gilbert and Juaquin Iglesias last week the Bears now have 80 players under contract. That means they will need to clear a spot to add a player.
An agent for one of the five punters brought in over the last two weeks said the Bears do not plan on signing a second punter until the first week of training camp. Of course, if any players are placed on the non-football injury list or the physically unable to perform list, that would clear a temporary spot for a punter. It's unknown if linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer will be recovered from surgery to repair a sports hernia in time for training camp.
*** This is what general manager Jerry Angelo is talking about when he refers to performing due diligence--spotted at O'Hare Friday morning were pro scouts Kevin Turks and Dennard Wilson stepping off a flight from Toronto. They were scouting training camps in the CFL.