Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said the lack of a contract extension entering the final year of his deal won’t be a distraction, or much of a topic of conversation.
Cutler told ESPN Chicago 1000 it was barely on his mind at all.
“I haven’t thought about it in a while, actually,” Cutler said. “I’ll probably address it once in training camp, once before the season and that’s kind of it. I’m not going to talk about it.
“That stuff takes care of itself. As long as we’re winning football games and I’m playing well, hopefully they keep me around. If that doesn’t happen, we’ll see how it plays out. I’m not going to be distracted by it. I can’t worry about it. I’ve been in this league long enough. I’ve seen guys come and guys go. It will work out the way it’s supposed to work out.”
Of course, there had been talks about a new deal for Cutler, prior to the hiring of head coach Marc Trestman this offseason. But now, Cutler’s going to have to prove his worth to a new boss, and said the early returns are positive.
“It’s been good,” Cutler said of learning Trestman. “We’ve had a good relationship, a good base. It’s going to grow from here. But he’s an offensive guy, he understands the quarterback position, he understands the pressure we’re under, he understands how to make it easier for us. He’ll hold everybody accountable, not just offensively, but defensively he goes and meets with those guys.
“He’s just change. We have a lot of change around that building, so it’s not always a bad thing. So guys have to adapt to it and go with the flow and figure things out on the run.”
So will the Bears, if they enjoy success this year and watch Cutler reach the free agent market.