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Marino: Cutler in 'upper echelon' of QBs

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If Jay Cutler wanted an endorsement in his bid to get a rich new contract from the Chuicago Bears, he couldn't do much better than Dan Marino.

Marino, the Hall of Fame quarterback for the Miami Dolphins who now works as an NFL analyst for CBS, said Thursday that Cutler is in "the upper echelon of quarterbacks."

“The one thing you need in the NFL would be a big-time quarterback because you gotta to be able to sling it," Marino told "The Mully and Hanley Show" on WSCR-AM 670. "I mean just flat out throw it and he can throw it pretty much with anybody in the league, as good or better than anybody in the league. Then it just comes down to how you are as a player and as a leader and everything. I would say he is in the upper echelon of quarterbacks in the league.

Marino, who guided the Dolphins into the playoffs 10 times in his 17-year career (reaching the Super Bowl in the 1984 season), said the Bears would be foolish to let him walk.

"When you look at whether they should keep him or not, I mean there are a bunch of teams that would love to have Jay Cutler be their quarterback," Marino said. "Believe me, quarterbacks that can play at a very high level or consistent or better is a rarity in the league. They’re just not around, so if you got a guy you think you can win with and get you into the playoffs and give you a shot for a Super Bowl, you’ve got to stick with him."

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