Posted January 02, 2014

Jay Cutler, Bears agree to seven-year contract extension

Chicago Bears, NFC North
Jay Cutler could finish his NFL career in the Windy City with Chicago Bears.

Jay Cutler could finish his NFL career in the Windy City. (Diamond Images/Getty Images)

On Thursday morning, Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery announced that the team had signed quarterback Jay Cutler to a new seven-year contract that will, on its face, take Cutler through the year 2020 with one of the NFL’s oldest franchises. The Bears also re-inked cornerback Tim Jennings and offensive lineman Matt Slauson to new deals, but the Cutler news obviously stole the show.

The 30-year-old Vanderbilt alum was selected by the Denver Broncos in 2006 and traded to the Bears on April 3, 2009 for quarterback Kyle Orton, two first-round picks and a third-round pick.

“We’re very excited to have Jay for the long term,” Emery said. “He battled through the tough times and kept fighting. I see improvement in his ball security, distribution to his targets and a transformation in his demeanor as a leader.”

Under first-year head coach Marc Trestman, the Bears had one of their most effective offensive seasons in recent years, though Cutler wasn’t always part of it. He missed five games with ankle and groin injuries, completing 224-of-355 passes for 2,621 yards, 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The 8-8 Bears missed the playoffs after losing their winner-take-all Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers for the NFC North title. In that game, Cutler completed 15-of-24 passes for 226 yards, two touchdowns and one pick.

Cutler was to be a free agent at the end of the 2013 season, and his future with the Bears was a frequent topic of discussion throughout the year.

“As we have mentioned previously, all contract issues will be worked on postseason,” Emery said in early December. “That includes Jay and a number of other Bears players. Before Jay’s injury, he was playing at a high level and we were very pleased with his progress.”

The Bears could have put the franchise tag on Cutler, but Emery didn’t seem to be going down that road.

“The franchise tag for the quarterback position has unique challenges because the average comes out to be such a big portion of your cap and your total money available to spend on other players to acquire to help your team. With the franchise tag being so high for the quarterback position, to use it and not sign the individual to a long-term deal hurts the team because you lose the ability to prorate the amount of guaranteed salary over the length of the contract. Proration lowers the salary cap number in relation to that player’s contract. Obviously the lower the number in relation to the salary cap, the more players you can sign to help your team reach its goals.”

Per FOX Sports’ Alex Marvez, the new deal will average about $18 million per year in the first three seasons.
145 comments
dijon
dijon

jay will maybe perfect' for use too make a line up for 2014!! he might not be the best QB but he showed use vs GB that he wanted too be are QB but u have too look at a  differnent way because josh got skill but jay ben on lineup for 4 years.

George
George

$18 million / year and 3-yr guarantee ($54 million) ... for jay cutler?

That's paying Manning money

for Jeff George.


cutler's agent (Bus Cook) should be arrested for robbery.


3 years and $54 million dollars from now, Emery will be swinging (by his neck) from a lamp post in Chicago.

Tom_Weiland
Tom_Weiland

I am ecstatic to see this deal go through.

                             Signed:   - Packer Fan

rwebbsight
rwebbsight

I have to admit I thought the Green Bay game was going to make or break Cutler seeing what happened to Lovie Smith. This is a surprise to say the least. Cutler has improved but 7 years? Young quarterbacks that we know are marquee players aren't getting 7 years. One thing I do appreciate is alot of people dog Cutler about injuries. Notice the Bears don't publicly and now we know privately.  You have to respect that they support players like this instead of "he's hurt, find me someone else" mentality.

Bobby Hull
Bobby Hull

I am a bear fan but hard to imagine cutler going to lead the bears to the super bowl anytime within this 7 year period. Everyone talks about what great physical ability this muck has but has that translated into winning any meaningful games? I think not! Bad move. The Bear could have used that money to get a pass rusher, 2 new safeties and a new DC and special teams coach. So the offense can score 40 points a game but if the defense score 45 what do you do then,

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

Stupid decision end of game last week Jay, still had a TO. Hit one across the middle for about 10 to 20 yds and then call the final TO with about 2 to 3 seconds remaining. That way you only have about 20 yds to the endzone for the game winning TD. Instead you decide to trow a hail mary into triple coverage which didn't even reach the endzone. Stupid decision but that's you in a nutshell Jay. Strong arm, mental midget.

Anon4
Anon4

Why would any team sign a guy who needs to be motivated anew each Sunday to a long-term deal? Oh, right: Chicago...

Anon4
Anon4

Wow, that's a lot of money and years for a brittle, over-30, coach-killing clubhouse cancer who comes up small whenever the chips get pushed to the middle of the table.


Good signing, Chicago!


--signed, Packers fans

Serena
Serena

There are 31 other teams in the NFL going "Why did they sign him for so long we weren't going to sign him?"

Mr. J
Mr. J

Bears will never win a Super Bowl the next 7 years who is their general manger, Coach and the owner should all be fired the owner should fire himself,,,,I mean we all have seen enough to realize Cutler will never beat Aaron Rogers in a meaningful playoff game......He is SO overrated he has never come up big in a big moment....Good Luck Bears Fans

RickEger
RickEger

I like Cutler and 18 million a year for a starting Q.B. is about the norm.

RickEger
RickEger

The salary cap needs too be raised....you lock up 3 or 4 of your best players and they take up 80% of the payroll. The Yankees are pushing 200 million and they have a 25 man roster.

DEJ1948
DEJ1948

Over the course of the next five to seven years, Cutler will redefine the term "unmotivated".  The only way this would have made any sense is if the contract incentive heavy, but that's not the case.  If I was a Bear fan, this would test the tensile limits of my loyalty. 

Bigdog12
Bigdog12

hahhahaha what a waste of money 

6marK6
6marK6

This is not the most motivated and hard working guy, can only imagine how a seven year contract will change that.

beast
beast

7-year?? I would'nt sign anyone to more than 4. Especially if theyre over 28. 

soxwinagain
soxwinagain

Why do the knuckleheads always think they know more than every GM ? The GMs were all wrong about McKown; He's a HOF-er waiting to happen right knuckleheads ?

soxwinagain
soxwinagain

One of the stupidest arguments at contract time are terrible contracts that are given to others: If one team screws up & gives a guy too much (Stafford, Bradford, Ryan, Flacco), why does that mean the next team has to ? THEY DON'T ! They only have to pay their guy too much if they "tag" him. If the Bears had tagged Cutler, they would be bound to pay him based on those other bad contracts, but since they did not tag him.they did not HAVE to give him too much: They did though ! Time for Emery to focus on fixing the defense: Load up on linemen, just like last off-season on the offensive side:

joe6647
joe6647

Brandon Marshall is an UFA in 2014 and Alshon Jeffrey is an UFA in 2015. Wonder what happens when those guys are free agent now that Cutler has his money

grizzlypete
grizzlypete

A lot of money for an injury prone quarterback who (1) never learns from his mistakes (2) lacks the mental toughness to perform under pressure-like beat the division rivals Green Bay Packers. I guess Emery is content for playing for second place for the next seven seasons. 

992550
992550

We are going to suck in a few years they are going to pay him $18000000 18 mil for the firs three years. That money could be going to are defense. Jay Cutler is screwing the bears!

Delusional
Delusional

Cutler must be having an affair with the owner of the bears, blackmailing or SOMETHING. 

NeoSmith
NeoSmith

I agree with many posters that Cutler was the best option for the Bears at this moment.  $18M/year is still less than the $20M+ stupid money paid to Average Joe Flacco.  Yeah, how's that working out for you, Ravens fans???  Cutler is a legitimate tier 2 QB, whereas Average Joe is merely a tier 3 QB.  So in comparison, it is a bargain.  Picking a rookie would be a 1-2 year project and you aren't guaranteed of anything (Christian Ponder!).  And as pointed out below, the free agent QBs are tier 4 QBs, more career backups than anything. 

What it means that the Bears will have to really be smart in their defensive signings, because the whole defense has to be completely rebuilt. 

kennywah
kennywah

Cutler is hands down the best qb the bears have had since Mcmahon.  This deal is good for several reasons:  stability at the qb position, spread the cap hit over 7 years, bring out the best in marshall. 

Do we need to go over the 22 crap qb's the bears have gone thru since favre?  I don't want to go thru the likes of henry burris, moses moreno, chad hutchinson, etc.  Cutler is a know quantity and will produce better and better stats the longer he is in trestman's system.  How many systems has rodgers had to learn?  1.  How about brady?  1.  

Let's look at the FA for qb's:  vick, mccown, henne, sanchez, tarvaris jackson, josh freeman.  Not exactly a great list there.  Picking at 14 with a plethora of teams looking to draft a qb this year would leave the bears with maybe the 5th best qb in the draft.  Bears need to focus most/all resources into rebuilding the D.  You don't needlessly add qb to that equation as well. 

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

@Tom_Weiland & packers fans wonder why everyone think's they're the laughing stock of the NFL. It's not just because you wear cheese on your head.

AaronGodfrey
AaronGodfrey

@ElvisHitler ummm they tried that and Brandon Marshall dropped the 20 yard pass wide open right over the middle........

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

But really the loser of the game was Conte, hopefully his teammates slapped him around after that embarrassing performance. Draw blood.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@Mr. J You think the Bears coach has anything to do with giving players contract extensions??

Anon4
Anon4

@RickEger Yankees are a baseball team. Salary cap is fine; the Cutler signing is ridiculous. Bears fans are saying that Cutler's the best QB in this year's F-A class. Heck, he's not even the best QB on Chicago's depth chart...

metalhead65
metalhead65

@DEJ1948 good thing your not then. this keeps the offense on a steady course which they will need while they rebuild the defense. you can't have someone new come in and learn the offense while the defense is letting everyone score every play. emery fixed the offense last season and will upgrade the defense this year. if they can get to average defense with a offense that scores 30 a game then watch out. as for the 7 years you people must not pay attention to how these things are done do you. the first 3 years are guaranteed the rest are spread out for cap purposes. this is actually a good deal for the bears,he did not demand what he could have got on the open market and if romo is worth 20 million Cutler is worth 30. for the first time since he came to the bears he plays for a coach who knows offense is part of the game and a GM who gave him a NFL caliber offensive line and weapons to use. hate him all you want but before this year the bears did not win without him in the lineup. the offenses he played in before this year were a joke. 

JoeZChi14
JoeZChi14

@6marK6 Too funny, but I agree why did they put up so much money? So fast? Also what about McCown? The rebuilding of the D Fense? They must know something we dont regarding free agency and the draft coming up, stay tuned people...

joe6647
joe6647

@beast the contract is 50 mil guaranteed so the contract is basically 12.5 mil for 4 years .


After that the cap hit if they release him in year 5 wont be much

grizzlypete
grizzlypete

@soxwinagain This is not about McCown. this is about Cutler and the Bears committing seven expensive years to a QB who is often injured and has NEVER gone far into the play-offs. 

RickEger
RickEger

@992550 Cutler put a gun too their heads and assured them.....either his name or their brains would be on that contract...

rick.cale1
rick.cale1

@992550 Cutler is not screwing the fans, the bears signed the contract they are the idiots

hfuhruhurr
hfuhruhurr

@morejunk The *Bears* had the 6th highest rating in that QB stat, not Cutler.  McCown added significantly to that:  40% of the Bears' yards, 40% of their TD's, but only 1 of their 17 interceptions.  But who really cares about that stat when the Bears and their 6th QB stat rating will be watching the playoffs on tv just like me?

DanielWojta
DanielWojta

@kennywah McCown was a much better QB this season, stats and play confirmed this.  

SephirothDZX
SephirothDZX

@kennywah I'm not going to disagree with you that he's the best QB they've had in years. But I don't think Bears fans should fool themselves into thinking Cutler is a long term answer for them just because he's better than the two dozen quarterbacks they've gone through since their last Super Bowl.

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

@AaronGodfrey @ElvisHitler Thanks voice. keep up the stalking. And to AaronGodfrey, yes I know but they still had time to run that again seeing they still had a TO. But yeah more of the blame lies on the D and Conte.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@AaronGodfrey @ElvisHitler Elvis lives in a fantasy troll world where the things he say only make sense to him. He travels the boards constantly spewing mindless blather about things he knows absolutely nothing about. 

Tom52
Tom52

@metalhead65@DEJ1948what is Cutler 1-8 or 1-9 against the Packers? LOLOL yes by all means sign him. He's a winner (for Packers)

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@joe6647 @beast The cap hit if they release him after year 4 is 3/7 of the guaranteed amount as "dead money."  Actual guarantee is reported to be 54 million, which makes the cap hit in year 5 about 24 million.  Depending on how the contract is structured though in terms of actual salary that could end up being no worse than a wash for a heavily back loaded deal.  They wouldn't really see savings though til year 6 in that scenario.

Anon4
Anon4

@RickEger @992550  "either his name or their brains would be on that contract..." LOL! I assure you that neither is worth all that much...

JoeZChi14
JoeZChi14

@rick.cale1 @grizzlypete @soxwinagain Exaclty and why throw such big money at a guy that gets hurt alot? When Cutler is on he is on I must admit. He is starting to be the Derrick Rose of the Bears, he he. All this money though? The D? McCown throwing up big numbers? Hmmmm...