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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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In terms of fantasy quarterbacks, Ben Roethlisberger has been a revelation lately. But with his value on the rise, this might be the perfect time to find a trade partner for the Pittsburgh Steelers signal-caller. His 522 passing yards were enough to make fantasy owners happy, but the absurd six touchdowns made those who benched him regret everything. Roethlisberger not only put up ridiculous numbers in Week 8 but actually set a franchise record, as Adam Schefter of ESPN notes: An ...
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Week 8 was wild. Four quarterbacks threw for more than 400 passing yards. Ben Roethlisberger went above 500. Arian Foster notched 35 fantasy points. Rob Gronkowski got to 32, while Jeremy Maclin and Emmaneul Sanders each reached 30. Some weeks, a player can win you a matchup. In Week 8, that was true for a handful of players. But who is most likely to blow up this week? And more importantly, who are the smartest players to start this week? Let ...
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Mike Ditka calls out Bears' 'worst' defense

Oct 29 2014 8:29am CDT | Source: SBNation

The Bears' recent struggles have led former head coach Mike Ditka to lay into Chicago's poor defense. The Chicago Bears once looked like promising team this year after a 2-1 start to their season. Things have dramatically changed since then though, with Chicago losing four of its past five games and dropping to 3-5, tied for last place in the NFC North. Now, former Bears great Mike Ditka is voicing his displeasure, parti ...
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7 weeks ago

Bears fans deserve better than this clueless crew

Oct 27 2014 10:17pm CDT | Source: chicago sun-times

Ladies and gentlemen, your Chicago Bears (and you can have them): The McCaskeys. Phil Emery. Marc Trestman. Jay Cutler. What did Chicago do to deserve these people? Was it something we said? Did we take George Halas’ name in vain? Or are we simply the butt of some cosmic joke? The franchise of Bill Ge ...
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Howie Long Defends Son's Right to Protect Groin on Bizarre Penalty

Oct 27 2014 12:43pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Kyle Long had a rough Sunday. In addition to the 51-23 humiliation his team endured at the hands of the Patriots, the Chicago Bears lineman received a flag after having the gall to protect his McNuggets from destruction. The bizarre incident occurred in the second quarter after a New England sack of Jay Cutler. Patriots linebacker Akeem Ayers ended up at the bottom of a pile after the play, and in extricating himself, slammed a cleat into Kyle’s curds and whey. Click here for v ...
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Oct 26 2014 9:37pm CDT | Source: chicago sun-times

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — There’s a movie coming out called ‘‘Dumb and Dumber To.’’ I believe I just saw the football equivalent to that scheduled idiot fest. Let’s call it ‘‘Does a Bear [Bleep] in the Woods: Number Two,’’ featuring quarterback Jay Cutler, coach Marc Trestman, defensive end Lamarr Houston (injured while celebra ...
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