Ian Rapaport of the NFL Network is reporting Mike Shanahan will interview with the Chicago Bears as soon as the team's general manager is hired.
Shanahan is an interesting candidate, as he was the one who drafted both Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler while head coach of the Denver Broncos. Under Shanahan, Cutler earned his only trip to the Pro Bowl in 2008.
Last season, Shanahan – who was coaching the Redskins at the time – discussed what he saw in Cutler heading into the 2006 NFL Draft.
“We had a natural athlete that I thought did a fantastic job at Vanderbilt,” Shanahan said last October. "He had a lot of pressure all the time on him, yet he sat in the pocket and made the throws he had to make in the SEC to give Vanderbilt a chance to compete. That really stood out to me. Just a very intelligent, very smart guy that worked extremely hard and had all the things that you look for in a quarterback."
Cutler was paid a king’s ransom last offseason yet failed to live up to his contract on the field, which led to his benching in Week 16. There are rumors the Bears are looking to trade Cutler, or possibly cut him – although the latter scenario is unlikely due to his $19.5 million cap hit in 2015.
Yet if Shanahan comes on board, it will be the Cutler show for at least two more years.
Reportedly, the Raiders, Bills and Jets are also interested in Shanahan.
Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fourth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter.