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Old 01-02-2014, 10:07 AM   #1
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Default Cutler renews through 2020 with Bears

The floor for any renegotiation with Ben may have been set

With Jay Cutler's contract expiring and with the strong play of backup Josh McCown this season, it seemed likely the Bears would either franchise tag Cutler or let him go into the free agent market rather than pay him tens of millions of dollars on a long-term deal.

Surprise! Chicago has done exactly that.


General manager Phil Emery announced Thursday that the team has signed Cutler to a seven-year deal.

Foxsports.com's Alex Marvez reports the first three years of Cutler's deal average $18 million per season.

Cutler played well this season under new coach Marc Trestman, but he also missed six games due to injury. In his place, McCown had the best season of his career, leading the Bears to a 3-2 record in his five starts while completing 66.5 percent of his passes for 13 touchdowns and just one interception.

The thought was that instead of paying Cutler, say, the $20 million per year we assumed he'd want, the Bears would do well to pay McCown, say, $5 million per season and draft a quarterback this year in order to get him into the Trestman system


http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-...nyear-contract

Cutler has an injury history to rival Ben's and is nowhere near as accomplished - getting Ben's extension worked out is not going to be cheap
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Old 01-02-2014, 10:39 AM   #2
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Default Re: Cutler renews through 2020 with Bears

7 year, 126 million for Jay Cutler? Yikes.
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Default Re: Cutler renews through 2020 with Bears

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7 year, 126 million for Jay Cutler? Yikes.
I'm surprised they went with Cutler when they could've kept McCown, who was showing promise, on the cheap.
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Default Re: Cutler renews through 2020 with Bears

McCown is 34; Jay is 30. That's probably a big part of it. Had McCown been some 24 year-old practice squad gem, I think Cutler would be gone.
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Default Re: Cutler renews through 2020 with Bears

Good god! I mean, Cutler is alright, but THAT hefty of contract?!
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Default Re: Cutler renews through 2020 with Bears

eh, catch 22. you dont pay him your team is total shit for who knows how long. you do and it looks ridiculous because you have to overpay him. draft is gonna be top heavy for qbs, no way theyre able to get in there. so if you dont sign him its a total crapshoot. no way tresman and their gm would risk their jobs like that.
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