The Chicago Bears had a disappointing end to the 2013 NFL season, but the team has made an investment in its future. According to NFL.com on Jan. 2, the Bears have announced that the team has signed starting quarterback Jay Cutler to a seven-year extension.
General manager Phil Emery announced the deal on Thursday that will lock up the quarterback through the 2020 season. The announcement shows the teams dedication to Cutler who has the talent to be a franchise quarterback but so far in his career he has battled both inconsistency and injury.
By locking up Cutler, the Bears can shift their attention to other areas of the team, particularly the defense that struggled through the latter part of the season. The deal also means that there won’t be a quarterback controversy in Chicago with the play of backup quarterback Josh McCown, who filled in just fine for Cutler.
The news is surprising, especially since Cutler has only appeared in one playoff game in five seasons with the Bears, but the team believes they have something special in their starting quarterback and the offensive weapons around him, which include wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
Although financial terms have not been disclosed, Emery has expressed his excitement about the extension and the promise of the future under the leadership of Jay Cutler.
“I think both parties wanted it to happen, which is why it was able to happen in such a short time frame.”
Emery believes Cutler is a quarterback they can win with and Cutler is just as excited about the deal and feels he has something to prove.
“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 I the direction that is right.”