Posted January 02, 2014

Jay Cutler, Bears announce 7-year deal

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Jay Cutler battled injuries throughout this season. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Jay Cutler battled injuries throughout this season. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Bears have re-signed quarterback Jay Cutler to a seven-year deal that will keep him in Chicago through the 2020 season. General manager Phil Emery announced the news at a press conference on Thursday morning.

No terms were announced, but NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports that Cutler will receive $126 million over the course of the contract, with $54 million in guaranteed money.

Emery said on Thursday that Cutler is a “demonstrated winner” and called this past season Cutler’s best, based on his “leadership, his improvement, his display of toughness.”

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The 30-year-old former Pro Bowler returned to action in December after missing part of the season with a high ankle sprain suffered on Nov. 10.

He was overshadowed at times by Josh McCown, who filled in for Cutler while he was sidelined. McCown was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 14, prompting former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher to say that McCown should remain the starter. Head coach Marc Trestman had made it clear throughout Cutler’s rehab that he would become the team’s quarterback again once healthy.

Emery alluded on Thursday to Cutler’s perseverance this season:

“We’re very excited to have Jay for the long term,” Emery said. “He battled through the tough times and kept fighting.”

Cutler is 39-28 as a starter in his five seasons with the Bears. He has amassed 14,913 passing yards with 101 touchdowns, while throwing 75 interceptions during his career in Chicago.

The Bears’ season wrapped up on Sunday with a 33-28 loss at home to the Green Bay Packers. Chicago finished 8-8 and second in the NFC North.

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14 comments
CharlesTerrito
CharlesTerrito

Good for Dum bears, oops, Duh Bears. lol. The Bears future is bright as a burnt candle. Cutler will take them no where in the play offs let alone win a Super Bowl game!! After all, he is the MidWest version of Tony Romo, right? Way to go Dum Bays!!

Chuckster
Chuckster

Bears should have traded Cutler (Browns?  Raiders?) for picks and gone out to get a new QB to start with.  Cutler is NOT who you build your team around.    The QB crop this year looks to be better than most (Bridgewater, Manziel, Bortles, McCarron, Carr and more). 

JackJohnson1
JackJohnson1

Cutler is a proven winner??  I wonder where he proved that?  At home, on the couch, watching the playoffs?  Re-sign Jay Cutler and Chris Conte, great moves.

x72
x72

Dumb

BillMcNamee
BillMcNamee

Good move. Now get a real tackle to team with Radcliffe and go to 3/4 so Mc Cellin can play linebacker

ParisLay
ParisLay

Cutler has not "prove he is a winner with the Bears"...anyway the Bears are at home...again so lets talk playoffs... check out my YouTube show if you get chance...https://t.co/g6lIM9Di15

pickle
pickle

Terrible mistake for the Bears. Cutler is slightly above average, maybe even top 10, but I just don't think he will ever win a SB. He is in my opinion more or less equal to Tony Romo (although not as much of a choke artist)

AustinRoth
AustinRoth

Only move they could do. They have a top-5 offense now, but a pathetic defense. The opportunity to go far is there next year, but not with a new QB (or McNown for 16+ games). What is needed is to strengthen and add youth to the D (and, of course, a new DC). With only a slighter better D this year, we would likely have ended up 11-5, but at least 10-6, either of which would have punched our ticket to the playoffs this year.

lukeortman
lukeortman

Packer fans are happy. But, the Bears had to do this. Who else were they going to get to be their QB? Bears fans are delusional if they think that McCown was going to be their answer to the position. 

Chuckster
Chuckster

@help4mac1True.... only because they thought THEY were the dumbest front office in football when they signed Sanchez to his extension.   They have lost that title.