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http://www.tsn.ca/nfl/story/?id=440206


Lake Forest, IL - Jay Cutler won't be testing the free agent market after all.

The Chicago Bears have re-signed the quarterback to a contract through the 2020 season. Financial terms for the seven-year deal were not disclosed.

Cutler just completed his fifth season with Chicago and was set to become an unrestricted free agent. He started 11 games in 2013, missing a Week 9 game because of a groin injury and sitting out another four games because of an ankle sprain.

"We're very excited to have Jay for the long term," said Bears general manager Phil Emery on Thursday. "He battled through the tough times and kept fighting."

The eight-year veteran completed 63.1 percent of his passes for 2,621 yards with 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions this past season, producing a career- best 89.2 passer rating. The Bears were 7-6 when Cutler returned from his ankle injury and helped Chicago to a Week 15 win over Cleveland, but the Bears lost their final two games and finished 8-8 to hand the NFC North title to Green Bay.

There had been speculation that backup Josh McCown was the better quarterback in first-year coach Marc Trestman's system. McCown played well during Cutler's four-game absence, but Trestman immediately went back to Cutler once he was medically cleared.

Cutler began his career with the Broncos and spent three seasons in Denver before a trade to Chicago prior to the 2009 season. He is 39-28 as the starter for the Bears and led Chicago to the NFC Championship Game after the 2010 season.

Emery also announced the signings of guard Matt Slauson and cornerback Tim Jennings to four-year deals through 2017.

Slauson signed with the Bears last March after three seasons with the New York Jets, while Jennings just completed his fourth year in Chicago after playing his first four NFL seasons with Indianapolis.

Jennings has 20 career interceptions, including a league-high nine in 2012. He led the Bears with four picks this past season, returning two for touchdowns.

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ugh.  It was time for a change. 

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Not sure what they see in this guy.  He can be great one week and awful the next.  That is basically been his entire career.  I guess they think he will be consistent now that he doesn't have to worry about stability.  I don't see it.  I also suspect this is one of those front loaded contracts where they could cut him after 3 years with a minimal hit to the cap.  Not sure of that but it really doesn't make sense for the Bears to marry this guy for 7 years.

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But what are their choices outside of him? McCown? Uh...no, he played against terrible defenses.

On the FA market, that leaves Schuab, Cousins, Sanchez and a few other scrubs. They don't have the draft pick to take someone that is a sure thing (if any even exists). So, they can pay him big for a couple of years and see how it goes. It may not be ideal, but it's better than the alternative.

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How much of the contract is guaranteed? Cutler will be gone well before the seven years expire.

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DaNkinator wrote: But what are their choices outside of him? McCown? Uh...no, he played against terrible defenses.

On the FA market, that leaves Schuab, Cousins, Sanchez and a few other scrubs. They don't have the draft pick to take someone that is a sure thing (if any even exists). So, they can pay him big for a couple of years and see how it goes. It may not be ideal, but it's better than the alternative.

and McCown is 34,  It depends when you think Cutler will be gone 3, 5 years?  One answer would be to play with McCown for one year.  Try to draft a QB who could back him up.  Who's on the free agent list for next year?  Make a trade for somebody.  I dunno.  But I'm fairly confident Cutler will disappoint.  Hope I'm wrong.  I like the Bears. 



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Cutler gives the Bears the best chance to win now. The other options (Free Agent QB, McCown, 2014 draft pick) really don't. But that's a ton of money to pay such an inconsistent guy.



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I don't really see how the Bears would be in a position to win big time in any of these scenarios.

If I were their GM, I would probably have offered a 3 year deal and start working on their D. Maybe even try to trade up with the Rams and go after Clowney.



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Cutler=Alex Smith in San Francisco. Time to go.
Don't see Bears being any better than mediocre for next 7 yrs



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Cutler is basically Jeff George without the moustache and having just slightly higher emotional maturity. I'm not convinced at all he's ever going to win a SB but he's got the old "Golden Arm" that is revered.  He gets a big pass for that but he's not really done it yet.



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HBF wrote: Cutler is basically Jeff George without the moustache and having just slightly higher emotional maturity. I'm not convinced at all he's ever going to win a SB but he's got the old "Golden Arm" that is revered.  He gets a big pass for that but he's not really done it yet.
That's a good analogy until Cutler actually wins something and he might not. Look at it from the Chicago perspective though. Brandon Marshall. Alshon Jeffery. Matt Forte. The tight end Bennett. Improving offensive line. The offensive weapons are there. Cutler is now familiar with Trestman's system. Cutler didn't lose that game to the Packers. The pathetic Chicago Bears defense did. It's really weird seeing the Bears with a very good offense and a terrible defense. It's usually the other way around.

I'm not a huge Cutler fan. He's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. However I prefer Cutler to any other option. It's not like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers or even Andrew Luck are available.

By the time The Bears pick at 14, the top rated QBs will be gone. The Bears need to draft defense, defense, and more defense.



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I wouldn't have re-signed him.

Basically as the team is constructed now they aren't going to win a championship.

I would have signed Mccown for 1/4 the cost and address the defense. That way even if Mccown bombs you aren't any worse. And if he proves out longterm that he can do anything that Cutler does, you are better off.

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I'm still in shock over last season's signing of Tony Romo by the Cowboys.

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Only the first 3 years are guaranteed. I still don't see why people would suggest drafting or going with McCown. Did you guys watch those games he played? It was against very subpar to very poor passing defenses.

But, I also tend to agree with Beej. If you go with McCown, and he does well, then you have tons of money to rebuild that defense which is atrocious as this point.

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