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NFL: Bears Sign QB Jay Cutler to 7-Year, $126 M Extension
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NFL: Bears Sign QB Jay Cutler to 7-Year, $126 M Extension

Jan 2 2014, 6:39pm CST | by

The Chicago Bears signed quarterback Jay Cutler to a seven-year deal through the 2020 NFL season which is believed to be more than $17.6 million per year plus at least $50 million in guaranteed money.

The Chicago Bears signed quarterback Jay Cutler to a seven-year, $126 million contract extension on Jan. 2.  More precisely, the deal will ensure Cutler is in a Bears uniform through the 2020 season...

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NFL: Bears Sign QB Jay Cutler to 7-Year, $126 M Extension

Jan 2 2014, 6:39pm CST | by

NFL: Bears Sign QB Jay Cutler to 7-Year, $126 M Extension Photo Credit: Getty Images

The Chicago Bears signed quarterback Jay Cutler to a seven-year deal through the 2020 NFL season which is believed to be more than $17.6 million per year plus at least $50 million in guaranteed money.

The Chicago Bears signed quarterback Jay Cutler to a seven-year, $126 million contract extension on Jan. 2. 

More precisely, the deal will ensure Cutler is in a Bears uniform through the 2020 season, per Larry Mayer of the team's official website. 

Financial terms of his contract were not divulged, although his teammate and Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall tweeted on Jan. 2,"BOOM...JAY 7 for 126...Congrats now let's go win."

Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago added more details regarding Cutler's new paycheck: 

"Although financial terms were not released, Cutler's deal is expected to eclipse the $17.6 million average the Detroit Lions gave Matthew Stafford in July. It also includes at least $50 million in guaranteed money, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter."

For his part, Cutler said the deal will give him a legitimate shot at winning a Super Bowl ring with the Bears. 

"I can't speak for every player, but you get to a certain point (when you wonder) what's the most important part of your career. Do you want to say,'Hey, I made 'X' amount of dollars,' or 'Hey, I won championships?'

"I talked to guys like (Matt) Forte, (Brandon Marshall), (Roberto) Garza and all the guys. We're here to win championships, not to make so and so amount of dollars. That was my thought process, whether it's $15 million or it's $22 million, it's hard to spend all that in your lifetime.

"I'm excited. I don't feel a lot of pressure right now. I just feel at ease. I know that I'm locked in here. The future is set. Now it's just about going out and being the best quarterback I can and helping lead this team in the direction we want to go. 

"I was telling (Marshall) a couple of days ago, I'm ready for OTAs. I'm ready to get this thing going. I'm ready to start working on what we've been building on."

The Bears play caller also had a conversation with The Chicago Tribune's Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer. He told them about how his new contract compares to his relationship with his head coach, Marc Trestman, and his mindset when it comes to critics who will make side comments about his new extension.

"I'm happy to be married to him (Trestman) for seven more years.

"Moving forward there will definitely be people that say this is the wrong move. That's fine. The people in this building will stick together and keep going in the direction that is right."

Mayer also interviewed Chicago general manager Phil Emery, who is just as excited.

"We're very excited to have Jay here for the long term. He had his best season as a pro from a statistical outlook. I also think he had his best season as a pro in terms of his leadership, his improvement, his display of toughness, his ability to bounce back, his ability to handle pressure and his ability to come back and win games."

In addition to the Cutler signing, the Bears also inked cornerback Tim Jennings and guard Matt Slauson to four-year extensions, according to Wright. 

The 30-year-old Cutler, who also played for the Denver Broncos from 2006-08, just concluded his eighth NFL season. In 2013, he threw for 2,621 yards and 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. 

For his career, he has amassed 23,937 passing yards, 155 touchdowns and 112 interceptions for a career passer rating of 84.6, per ESPN stats

 
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Alex Smith Agrees to a Contract Extension with a $30 Million Signing Bonus

Aug 31 2014 6:14pm CDT | Source: The Big Lead

Alex Smith has agreed to a four year contract extension, according to Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star.  The deal is four years, $68 million, with a reported guarantee amount of $45 million. Is this the real guarantee amount? We saw the Colin Kaepernick deal get initially reported as $61 million in guaranteed money only to be nothing of the sort. However, Pro Football Talk is reporting that it is $30 million in initial signing bonus, with $15 million more vesting n ...
Source: The Big Lead   Full article at: The Big Lead
 

 
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3 days ago

Santonio Holmes carving out role, maintains some fantasy value

Aug 29 2014 2:05pm CDT | Source: SBNation

The Bears' veteran receiver has impressed coach Marc Trestman enough to have a role on the team. We break down the fantasy implications. Chicago Bears wide receiver Santonio Holmes will be sharing pass catching duties with teammate Josh Morgan going into Week 1. This should provide him with steady role on the team this season, according to a report by Pro Football Talk. Fantasy Impact: Due to both injuries and being suspended, Holmes ha ...
Source: SBNation   Full article at: SBNation
 

 
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5 days ago

Sports Illustrated Is Obsessed With NFC Quarterbacks

Aug 27 2014 11:08am CDT | Source: SportsGrid

Sports Illustrated’s NFL preview issue drops this week with four different covers, all featuring quarterbacks from the NFC. In fact, “Where Did All The Gunslingers Go? The NFC, That’s Where” appears to be the preview’s theme, or at least one of them. That means Tony Romo, Nick Foles, Jay Cutler, Matthew Stafford, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick get cover love. We’re a little confused about ...
Source: SportsGrid   Full article at: SportsGrid
 

 
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1 week ago

Shaun Hill Will Try to Become the Next Late Career Quarterback to Emerge

Aug 25 2014 5:25pm CDT | Source: The Big Lead

Now that the news out of St. Louis yesterday on Sam Bradford has had time to settle, it’s time for the Rams to rally around Shaun Hill as quarterback. Hill, in turn, after years in the league as a backup, will get an opportunity to the starter for a team, for really the first time. From 2007 to 2010, Hill served as a frequently used backup and got to start 26 games over the course of those four seasons. He has thrown 16 pass ...
Source: The Big Lead   Full article at: The Big Lead
 

 
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1 week ago

Jimmy Clausen wins Bears’ backup QB job; Jordan Palmer cut

Aug 24 2014 10:58pm CDT | Source: chicago sun-times

The Bears have settled their backup-quarterback competition — for now, anyway. They cut veteran Jordan Palmer on Sunday, leaving Jimmy Clausen as the No. 2 quarterback behind Jay Cutler. ...
Source: chicago sun-times   Full article at: chicago sun-times
 

 
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1 week ago

Palmer among 12 players released

Aug 24 2014 11:52am CDT | Source: chicago bears

The Bears on Sunday released 12 players, including quarterback Jordan Palmer, which means that Jimmy Clausen likely will open the season as Jay Cutle ...
Source: chicago bears   Full article at: chicago bears
 

 
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1 week ago

Palmer among 12 players released

Aug 24 2014 11:52am CDT | Source: chicago bears

The Bears on Sunday released 12 players, including quarterback Jordan Palmer, which means that Jimmy Clausen likely will open the season as Jay Cutler’s ba ...
Source: chicago bears   Full article at: chicago bears
 

 
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1 week ago

Four downs with Mike Ditka

Aug 23 2014 6:10pm CDT | Source: chicago sun-times

1. What do you think of the Bears adding Santonio Holmes as their third receiver? There was a time when Santonio Holmes was a pretty darn good receiver in this league. I don’t know anything about him personally, but he seemed to be a little bit disgruntled at the end of his career in New York. I know that he was a very reliable receiv ...
Source: chicago sun-times   Full article at: chicago sun-times
 

 
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1 week ago

Four downs with Mike Ditka

Aug 23 2014 1:20am CDT | Source: chicago sun-times

1. What do you think of the Bears adding Santonio Holmes as their third receiver? There was a time when Santonio Holmes was a pretty darn good receiver in this league. I don’t know anything about him personally, but he seemed to be a little bit disgruntled at the end of his career in New York. I know that he ...
Source: chicago sun-times   Full article at: chicago sun-times
 

 
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1 week ago

Seahawks Blowout Win over Chicago Asserts Seattle as NFL's Ultimate Juggernaut

Aug 23 2014 1:03am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

If you weren’t convinced that the Seattle Seahawks were the NFL’s ultimate juggernaut prior to Friday night, it’s safe to say you are now convinced after they trounced the Chicago Bears 34-6 at CenturyLink Field.  Even though preseason games are meaningless when it comes to wins and losses, head coach Pete Carroll had to be encouraged by what he saw from both the first-team offense and first-team defen ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 

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