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Bears sign Jay Cutler to seven-year contract

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Jay Cutler is locked in as the Bears’ franchise quarterback.

The Bears announced today that Cutler, whose previous contract expired at the end of this season, will not be testing free agency. Instead, Cutler has signed a seven-year contract, keeping him in place with the Bears through the 2020 season.

There’s a very good chance that the 30-year-old Cutler will remain with the Bears for the rest of his career.

Although there was some talk that Cutler could end up leaving in free agency, he and new coach Marc Trestman appeared to mesh this season, and Trestman never wavered on his belief that Cutler is the right man to run his offense, even as backup Josh McCown put up better statistics when he filled in after Cutler got hurt.

In announcing the new contract, Bears General Manager Phil Emery called Cutler “a demonstrated winner” and said 2013 was his best season because of his “leadership, his improvement, his display of toughness.”

Now the Bears are counting on Cutler to remain the leader of their team for years to come.

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  1. packerblitz says: Jan 2, 2014 10:43 AM

    This news is almost better than Rodgers returning. Almost.

  2. icanspeel says: Jan 2, 2014 10:44 AM

    Makes sense why they put him back out there over McCown who was playing great.

  3. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 2, 2014 10:44 AM

    OH THANK GOD

  4. kerzondax says: Jan 2, 2014 10:44 AM

    I do find Cutler a bit of an enigma. I think the biggest knock against him is, like Romo, he just can’t get you a Super Bowl ring. I do gotta say that there sure are quite a number of a lot worse QBs out there.

  5. bla bla bla says: Jan 2, 2014 10:45 AM

    Excellent!!!!!

    ~The rest of the NFC North~

  6. apac6586 says: Jan 2, 2014 10:46 AM

    Does this mean that we will be seeing more of Cutler on “The League”?

  7. 24mountaincreeks says: Jan 2, 2014 10:46 AM

    After they got done laughing, the rest of the NFC North said “Thank you”

  8. taintedsaints2009 says: Jan 2, 2014 10:46 AM

    A lot of people are going to rip this, but you have to remember how long the bears went trying to find a franchise quarterback; it had been since Jim McMahon.

  9. unbridledsexy says: Jan 2, 2014 10:46 AM

    So the Bears are phoning it in as they rebuild for the next 7 years. Okay, got it.

  10. jbxz says: Jan 2, 2014 10:47 AM

    Sorry about your luck Tampa

  11. RavenzGunnerz says: Jan 2, 2014 10:47 AM

    And the Ravens and Flacco are shinning their rings, laughing hard at the Bears & Cowboys.

    Paid a lot to Flacco but hey, he brought us the Lombardi :)

  12. farvite says: Jan 2, 2014 10:47 AM

    Packer fans everywhere applaud the move.

  13. garyman1 says: Jan 2, 2014 10:48 AM

    Career 155 TD’s vs 112 Int’s…. not overly eye-popping stats so I hope the Bears didn’t overpay.

  14. golforepar says: Jan 2, 2014 10:50 AM

    If it is anything over 5 mil per year the Bears were desperate!!

  15. staffordsyear says: Jan 2, 2014 10:50 AM

    Great news!

  16. Lions Roar says: Jan 2, 2014 10:51 AM

    Lions, Packers, & Vikings Fans so Thank You!!

  17. gbrim says: Jan 2, 2014 10:51 AM

    My team might be looking for a QB upgrade and I’m very glad Cutler won’t be available. He wouldn’t be an upgrade over other average veteran starters.

  18. edwardemanuelson says: Jan 2, 2014 10:54 AM

    Bear fan here. They’ll regret it.

  19. coonsqualler says: Jan 2, 2014 10:55 AM

    WOW….Just WOW…All that I can think of to say…

  20. textexington says: Jan 2, 2014 10:55 AM

    The 13 time World Champion Green Bay Packers are grateful!!!

  21. brutus9448 says: Jan 2, 2014 10:55 AM

    and the packer fans cheered into the night.

  22. heyguru1969 says: Jan 2, 2014 10:55 AM

    But he brings such outstanding body language with him.

  23. 4512dawg4512 says: Jan 2, 2014 10:55 AM

    Good for the Bears, putting confidence in your starting QB is the best way to build your team. The Browns should take notes on this

  24. elliottcovert says: Jan 2, 2014 10:57 AM

    Wow, their grand strategy for the next seven years must be based on trying to throw as many interceptions as possible

  25. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Jan 2, 2014 10:57 AM

    But what did it cost???

  26. bigbaldpapahawk says: Jan 2, 2014 10:57 AM

    The Jerry Jones playbook sees use outside of Dallas?

  27. theaxmancometh says: Jan 2, 2014 10:57 AM

    As a Packer fan, I love this news! As a Bear fan, my girlfriend does not haha

  28. nizzledizzleshizzle says: Jan 2, 2014 10:57 AM

    good luck chicago! #ravensnation

  29. gino5858 says: Jan 2, 2014 10:58 AM

    Josh McCown is better hands down.
    Cutler is overrated.

  30. andyoursistertoo says: Jan 2, 2014 10:58 AM

    Kinda sad, all this guy does is throw it to Brandon Marshall. Patriots had a similar scenario with Bledsoe Brady , or even 49rs with Kapernick and Smith. You always stick with your hot hand , no ones entitled to a job. This will cost Chicago big time

  31. maurysline says: Jan 2, 2014 10:58 AM

    How much is the question. Has Chicago now joined the host of teams that hamstring themselves cap wise for years with $20 million a year QB’s ?

  32. kcroyal says: Jan 2, 2014 10:59 AM

    Cutler has been an amazingly average QB sense 2009 according to his QBR. 7 years is too long of a contract for a QB that will be below average long before his contract is up.

  33. vanmorrissey says: Jan 2, 2014 11:00 AM

    Thought they put him back in to determine whether he could lead them back to playoffs which he did not. Guess they figure it wasn’t the offense but the defense which stunk it up. Still, lot of money to tie up in a QB when you need lots of D help.

  34. wrossi81 says: Jan 2, 2014 11:00 AM

    I realize having a franchise quarterback, even if he’s a second-tier one, is crucial in today’s NFL. But this seems to be a lot of time for a quarterback who’s already injury prone at 30, how bad is it going to be once he’s 34 or 35? I hope they have a good opt-out on this.

  35. artvan15 says: Jan 2, 2014 11:00 AM

    Chuckle Chuckle. Green Bay and the rest of the NFC north thanks you. I hope the money his huge so it eats up a ton of caps space too.

  36. calibear831 says: Jan 2, 2014 11:01 AM

    Ugh, now who r my raiders supposE to go after? Mark sanchez? Matt schaub? Josh freeman?. . . The free agent Qb market sucks this year, just our luck.

  37. zoellner25 says: Jan 2, 2014 11:01 AM

    7 years? Awesome. Another great move by the Bears. Glad I’m a Packer fan.

  38. stoutfiles says: Jan 2, 2014 11:02 AM

    Not having a franchise QB can set you back. Worst case scenario they dump Cutler after 3-4 years. McCown is NOT a long term replacement and finding a new franchise QB can take a long time, so it was a smart move.

  39. chadman128 says: Jan 2, 2014 11:02 AM

    Not a huge fan but seriously what would be a better option at this point. There are a lot of teams struggling to find even a competent QB and he has the potential to be very good. If they had a decent D this year they would still be playing this weekend. Now draft a young QB every year until you find one to push him out.

  40. leylandslung says: Jan 2, 2014 11:06 AM

    I’ve never been able to say this until today. Thank God I’m a Lion’s fan!

  41. enjoyincubus085 says: Jan 2, 2014 11:10 AM

    Same ol’ Jay.

  42. escrimz says: Jan 2, 2014 11:10 AM

    Did they really have to extend him for so long?

  43. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 2, 2014 11:13 AM

    I am so happy right now!!!!

  44. hehateme1 says: Jan 2, 2014 11:13 AM

    Wow! I actually feel really bad for Chicago fans. You guys are gonna stink for a long time.

  45. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 2, 2014 11:13 AM

    Wow.

  46. grruffgrruff says: Jan 2, 2014 11:13 AM

    Who gives a 30 yr old a 7 yr contract???
    Not even Joe Montana got that.

  47. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 2, 2014 11:14 AM

    The rest of the league rejoices.

  48. hehateme1 says: Jan 2, 2014 11:14 AM

    Wow. I actually feel kinda bad for Chicago fans.

  49. purpleguy says: Jan 2, 2014 11:14 AM

    If they didn’t overpay him, it’s not a bad move, particularly if you look at the other QB options out there.

  50. queeflatifah says: Jan 2, 2014 11:15 AM

    7 more years of mediocrity!

  51. spitfisher says: Jan 2, 2014 11:18 AM

    7 years, what a waste for any athlete. I thought football owners were business men?

  52. thetruthcampaign says: Jan 2, 2014 11:18 AM

    Despite sucking the last half of the year, the Lions beat him twice this year. I expect more of that next season.

  53. Waffle 2.0 says: Jan 2, 2014 11:21 AM

    it’s amusing that Packers fans are “thanking god” for Cutlers resigning.

    I hate to remind you that Cutler just beat you. You won the game because you finally managed to score on the worst defense in the history of the Bears. Congratulations!!

    It’s going to be a nice run for the Bears after the Defense is upgraded even slightly.

  54. annes22 says: Jan 2, 2014 11:22 AM

    What a waste of money.What has he done since he has been there? This is a bit like Flacco and his enormous payment this year, what did Baltimore do this year, nothing!! He’s an accident waiting to happen.

  55. thealmightybigblue says: Jan 2, 2014 11:25 AM

    LOL is this April fools?

  56. discountdoublecheck says: Jan 2, 2014 11:26 AM

    I just hope he uses all the $ from this deal to spoil his kid, ‘The Cutlet.’

    God I love The League.

  57. kissmytaintpatriotsrule says: Jan 2, 2014 11:39 AM

    That’s seven more years you can add onto the Bears long wait for a franchise QB.

  58. dawpoundsuds says: Jan 2, 2014 11:42 AM

    Not a Bears fan or an avid Cutler supporter, but realistically, name a QB the Bears could get for next year who is better given their cap space and draft picks… wait for it… exactly, they had to sign him and the $ makes sense given the situation.

  59. keltictim says: Jan 2, 2014 11:42 AM

    I have only this to say. Huh?

  60. crnvic847 says: Jan 2, 2014 12:07 PM

    I love how Vikings fans are trash talking this. Who’s your starting QB next season?

  61. iloveagoodnap says: Jan 2, 2014 12:18 PM

    7 years? Ay ay ay. Bears fans, prepare for more than half a decade of continued underachievement and mediocrity.

    Bears successes in recent years can be pointed to defensive support and offense that can do juuust enough to get by, but not enough to be a great team. This year we saw what happens when they dont have a good defense. And with Marhall, Jeffrey and Forte their offense should be WAY better than one that does just enough to get by.

  62. leagueobservr says: Jan 2, 2014 12:36 PM

    Wow, that didn’t take long. Well, this is a smart move by Chicago. I think with the moves by the front office (improved offensive line and wide receivers) and this new coaching staff will only make Cutler better going forward.

  63. omeimontis says: Jan 2, 2014 12:37 PM

    The contract guarantees years of mediocrity.

  64. krispc says: Jan 2, 2014 12:39 PM

    I would have let Cutler walk and Keep Mcnown and draft a QB. McNown threw to Marshal like Cutler does but also throws a lot to Bennet and the rising star of the bears jeffries.. Oops sorry bout that the ex rising start of the bear jeffries. Cutler does not throw to him….

    How about dallas send you austin and we take jeffries to pair with Dez?

  65. pete2112 says: Jan 2, 2014 12:42 PM

    I’m not so sure why most people are coming down so hard on this signing. I’ve been a Bears fan for years and I’ve seen way too many subpar QB’s at the helm in Chicago. Whether it’s been the numerous first round busts or the Kordell Stewart’s, Rick Mirer type signings that have never worked out.
    Chicago hasn’t had an offense as explosive as this one in many, many years. While I’ll admit Cutler isn’t in the top tier of QB’s in the league, I feel he’s just below that and can manage this offense very confidently and effectively. I like knowing we have a QB that has all of the tools to potentially bring a championship to Chicago. He just needs to put it all together and with Trestman & him going into their second season together, I feel the offense is finally going in the right direction after many years where that wasn’t the case. Beyond that, who else is out there at the QB position that is available that could step in and be better for this team??? Happy Bears fan.

  66. cluelessdufus says: Jan 2, 2014 12:46 PM

    good move. Even if they let Cutler walk there isn’t a good selection of QBs to choose from as there nothing in free agency and them holding the #14 pick may not demand a franchise QB or willingness to develop one. They want to contend and this is there best option as McCown isn’t gonna be around much longer. This gives them chance to maybe towards the end of this contract to develop a replacement and set up for the Cutler post era

  67. markpackman says: Jan 2, 2014 12:51 PM

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, Bears! Dreams really can come true!

    Packer Nation

  68. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Jan 2, 2014 12:54 PM

    I mean “won.”

  69. angrylionsfan says: Jan 2, 2014 12:59 PM

    What’s that noise you hear? It’s the sound of thousands of Bears fans screaming in anger because Cutler just got a “full career extension”! I can hear it all the way from Indiana. ;)

  70. originalsteelcurtain says: Jan 2, 2014 1:00 PM

    Too bad Josh McCown isn’t 7 years younger!

  71. chargerdillon says: Jan 2, 2014 1:11 PM

    As a Charger fan I used to love Jay Cutler being on the Broncos as he is directly responsible for a lot of Chargers playoff berths due to him being the biggest competition in the division.

    The fact is the Packers have his number the same way the Chargers did. Mentally this guy finds ways to crumble against his biggest rival.

    As I said to my Bears coworker, all this move does is prepare you to get owned by the Packers and Aaron Rodgers for the next 7 years.

  72. unclediddles says: Jan 2, 2014 1:17 PM

    All my Bears friends can’t stand Cutler but i see a few fans are still drinking the Kool-aid.

    In fairness….Cutler was good on an episode of The League.

  73. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Jan 2, 2014 1:21 PM

    This move makes official what I have known for about half my life…

    The Bears don’t and NEVER WILL get it.

    #thankgoodnessfor1985

  74. whatjusthapped says: Jan 2, 2014 1:24 PM

    The Bears had to do it, if they didn’t sign Cutler, the Vikings would have done it thinking they finally have a QB, a mistaken thought they had many times before.

  75. pongonfl says: Jan 2, 2014 1:26 PM

    He is far better then anyone the Vikings will get, he is better then the franchise QB the Lions have.
    He is not better then Rogers. But who do the Bears have access to that is? Maybe and only maybe, Brees or Brady or P Manning are better then Rogers, and that is debatable and none of them are going to be Bears any time soon. So stick with this guy I say.

    He is instrumental in making Marshall the player he is for the Bears. You cannot leave that out of the decision. He and Marshall are both interesting guys, but together they are great. You do not want to upset that as the Bears leadership, cause your not going to go find another Marshall either.

    If they can keep the other QB under contract that would be perfect.

  76. bearzfan says: Jan 2, 2014 1:27 PM

    I am so weary of 1 percenters in Green Bay who have been fortunate to have 20 years in a row of outstanding QB play. The Bears have needed an offense to compete with Green Bay for years and it is clear that Jay Cutler gives them the best chance to do that. Had it not been for a historically bad defense and unbelievable calls going in favor of GB (for the whole year), Packer fans would be to hung over to even notice this signing. I absolutely love Green Bay…the actual body of water…but can’t stand the Packers. Go Niners!

  77. packfanaj12 says: Jan 2, 2014 1:31 PM

    31 other NFL teams giggle.

  78. shlort says: Jan 2, 2014 1:41 PM

    Cutler is a good QB. I am a Packers fan, but I see Cutler as one of the better QBs in the league. Is he the greatest ever? No, but those are not easy to find. Maybe they could have let him go and picked up Mark Sanchez or something? LOL

    Bears are lucky to have Jay. Plenty of teams would have loved to see him hit the market, especially the Texans.

  79. southpaw0609 says: Jan 2, 2014 1:44 PM

    So, Cutler is 1-9 vs the Packers…

    Seven yr extension…

    Excuse me, doing the math here….

    7 years times twice a year = 14

    So, Rodgers will now be 23 – 1 against Cutler

    Nice.

  80. pete2112 says: Jan 2, 2014 2:19 PM

    To all the Packers fans having a laugh at this signing. Yes you’ve had an impressive run against the Bears and Cutler the past several seasons, but let’s not lose sight of the fact you won that last game due to the poor defense of the Bears while Cutler was on the sideline with the lead. If anything, Cutler was just as impressive as Rogers was during this game. The Bears secondary let Cobb run completely open for Rogers to lob up a fairly easy pass for the winning TD. Let’s not also lose sight the Packers defense is nothing to write home about either and you’re probably going to some issues with the 49ers offense and their much better defense. I’ll give you that Rogers is an elite QB and one that can make things happen but you’re going to have a tough time with your defense in the playoffs.

  81. buddypuddy says: Jan 2, 2014 2:24 PM

    Cutler will never take the Bears to the Promised Land. They’ve given Cutler everything he has ever asked for. Brandon Marshall. Old college teammates. Probably even some old college cheerleaders. But the guy’s body language is not going to inspire anyone except the opposing team’s defense. Somewhere along his development, Cutler thought being emotionless was cool.

  82. spg3081 says: Jan 2, 2014 2:47 PM

    I’ll preface my comment by saying I’m not a Bears fan so this isn’t a homer rant.

    I’m amused at the folks saying the rest of the NFC North or the entire NFL is applauding and/or laughing at this deal. I’d say the Bears are lucky since the Jets, Vikings, Browns, and Bucs (among others) would’ve paid more and likely have guaranteed a lot more money (assuming the Bears included smart guarantees). Would they have been laughed at? In some cities, absolutely.

    It’s pretty hard to laugh at them or say the Bears are run by poor businessmen. Supply and demand plays a big part in this. The Bears have an except RB, two outstanding WRs – in short, more weapons than they’ve seen in a long time. Cutler isn’t Rodgers/Brady/Manning/Brees – not many teams are the rare combo of smart & lucky enough to secure an elite QB. However, he is talented and it isn’t a giant leap of faith in hoping that Tressman can squeeze at least a couple of pseudo-elite seasons out of him that, with an improved D (and the requisite lucky breaks and good overall health), could lead to big things.

    Their other options include rolling the dice on McCown, signing a Schaub/Freeman/Sanchez, trading for Mallet/Cousins, or drafting a QB and hoping a 2nd or 3rd round pick turns out to be a Drew Brees or even a Nick Foles instead of Quincy Carter or someone who struggles at first like Geno Smith (assuming he improves).

    Let’s not forget that full terms of the deal haven’t been released. If they gave him a “smaller” signing bonus than the other huge contracts in return for the $18MM AAV over the first three (possibly fully guaranteed), they did pretty well. Let’s say it’s a $20MM – that’s not even $12MM in dead money after the first three years. Even $30MM won’t be a crippling hit if they dump him after the first three years. It would be amusing if the same people that are currently trolling Bears fans with sarcastic comments are later lauding the deal if it turns out the Bears did essentially sign him to a smart deal that’s essentially three years with a manageable buy out and cap hit if Cutler doesn’t prove his worth or even regresses.

    Besides, the only thing the Bears are trying to manage is his effect on the cap. They could pay him $30MM per and not care, cash isn’t an issue for the majority of NFL owners. Hell I wouldn’t be at all surprised to hear that guys who signed elite-yet-manageable deals (like Rodgers) or that re-negotiate to friendlier terms after their elite deal (Brady) also received a couple suitcases stuffed with $15MM in cash, money that came out of anonymous/untraceable overseas accounts that the owner has. Good for them. It’s funny when the righteous NFL fan expresses outrage when I say that. My response? For one, welcome to being an NFL fan, I’m glad you started following during the boom of the last decade. Two, even your golden sport is filled with corruption and cheating like what I just mentioned – cut out the righteous indignation and your child-like notion that this sport is fair & pure, a balanced league with great gladiators giving it their all. HGH and other PEDs are rampant – even your favorite old school ideals player (for example, London Fletcher – who I happen to really admire) likely used things to stay in shape and effective all these years. Good for him, he was never caught. Salary cap-circumventing playoffs are common. New pain killer addictions develop in every locker room each month. Every team will cheat (send spies with cameras to practices, steal signals, and generally subvert every rule) every single time if they’re even somewhat certain that they won’t get caught. Your team is no better than any other.

    Okay, I digressed a hair. My apologies.

  83. fpstratton says: Jan 2, 2014 2:52 PM

    I really don’t understand this signing. Exactly what has Cutler done? If he were five years younger, the usual platitudes about how “he needs to learn to read defenses, he needs to mature, he needs to trust his teammates, he great upside because of his arm, he makes some spectacular throws…blah blah blah” could be argued, but he has consistently thrown terrible interceptions and failed in big games. Sure, Brett Favre threw bad interceptions, but he also won playoff games and a Super Bowl. Can Cutler really get the Bears there? On top of it all, he has become injury-prone. It’s clear that he has peaked. I think the Bears will regret the move.

  84. starderup says: Jan 2, 2014 5:13 PM

    At least he seems to have grown out of the crybaby phase, but he still is not good enough to hitch to your wagon.
    Local radio talk show nailed it today. Cutler is probably #12 in QBs across the league. He’s good for a few games, then gets hurt, then is fantastic, then takes himself out and says he’s hurt.
    I loved it when Orten started tearing it up in Denver following the trade. Chicago fans should brace themselves for games like the last one for a long time. If that’s what you really, really want…..

  85. bearssuck says: Jan 2, 2014 6:22 PM

    This news is music to GB fan’s ears. The packers own this clown.

  86. mikeyd22 says: Jan 2, 2014 7:47 PM

    Seven years? Bad decision for this guy. He’s got physical talent but I just can’t get over that constant blank no confidencelook in his eyes. Some guys have it – Manning, Brees, Rogers. You can just tell they’re running the show. This guy always looks like he’s trying to not **ck up instead of lead.

  87. baredon says: Jan 2, 2014 11:38 PM

    The owner of the Bears has to be a blooming idiot… He ain’t that great a QB and he has only showed little flashes… Little flashes ain’t demonstrated leadership…

  88. baredon says: Jan 2, 2014 11:41 PM

    In 5 years, no one will remember Cutler, but he will have the Bear’s money in the bank…. And laughing his ass off…

  89. ranchodelvalkayrie2014 says: Jan 3, 2014 9:12 AM

    One glaring stat folks don’t see. Cutler is just a few comeback wins behind the all time leader John Elway in half the time. So he’s basically a lock @ being a hall of famer.

    Another thing. Everyone seems to neglect the fact the defense was decimated with injury. That’s all I heard from MSM sports commentators on how lousy the defense was. Yeah sure a defense without Briggs, a hampered Peppers and a few other key defensive players hobbled with injury.

    Yep that 48 yard Rogers to Cobb TD was all Cutlers fault.

  90. ranchodelvalkayrie2014 says: Jan 3, 2014 9:18 AM

    Lets hope Trestman doesn’t stick with his high powered CFL offense scheme and his Lovey bend but don’t break defensive scheme. That formula will take the bears on a ride in Mr. Peabodys “Way Back Machine” to the Abe Gibbron daze.

  91. ranchodelvalkayrie2014 says: Jan 3, 2014 9:22 AM

    E’hhhhhhhhh the defense gave up the most total points of any Bear team in the teams NFL founding history.

  92. bucsducksipa says: Jan 3, 2014 6:06 PM

    It would take a Packer fan to think Cutler & Marshall were college teammates. I’ve heard this stated as fact ever since Marshall came from Miami. Marshall is a hell of a talent but I doubt he could have gotten accepted to Vanderbilt with UCF grades.

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