New Bears QB Jay Cutler was a popular figure at the team’s fan convention Sunday at Soldier Field.
The Daily Herald, a Chicago-area newspaper, reported that Cutler came out to “thunderous applause” before addressing the fans:
- “We’ve created a little bit of buzz throughout the city, and it’s going to be fun,” Cutler said. “Expectations are pretty high right now. I’m looking forward to it and I appreciate it.”
Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips said that despite playoff appearances by the NBA’s Bulls and the NHL’s Blackhawks, his team still was the talk of the town:
- “The energy level has been unbelievable,” said Phillips, “and not just with the fans, but internally, with the staff, the coaches and the players.
- “It’s just a new energy level. I hear it from the fans now. Even as the Bulls were going through their great playoff run, the Blackhawks still are, but fans still want to talk about the Bears and what this season holds for them.”
But that wasn’t the only news that had Bears fans buzzing. The possibility of acquiring WR Plaxico Burress also was a hot topic.
Burress’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, recently said that two teams were interested in the Pro Bowl wide receiver after his release by the Giants. The Jets are believed to be one of the interested parties, but Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said Chicago wasn’t the other team, according to the Chicago Tribune:
- “Are we one of those two teams? No,” Angelo said.
However, Angelo didn’t altogether rule out the possibility of adding Burress, the Tribune reports:
- “As I said, we’ll look at every option,” Angelo said. “[His] situation is different because there are circumstances. We’ll monitor it.” …
- “He could help any team,” Angelo said. “His play, his production speaks for itself.”