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Chicago Bears rumors: Jay Cutler gets seven-year contract extension from Bears

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Chicago Bears rumors have Jay Cutler getting a seven-year contract extension from the team. These Chicago Bears rumors were confirmed by team general manager Phil Emery on Thursday morning (Jan. 2). According to the report from ESPN on Thursday, the veteran quarterback was set to become an unrestricted free agent if the two sides didn't come to a new agreement.

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Speaking about the new deal, Emery stated, "He's a demonstrated winner... He can be a key player in terms of being the reason you win." There will likely be more information coming from the team as the week progresses, including just how much money the team offered him in salary and signing bonus. The next step for the team will likely be to figure out who will back him on at the quarterback position. Josh McCown is set to become a free agent as well, with suggestions that he could command more money than a backup role would pay him.

During an injury filled season for Jay Cutler, he had 2,621 passing yards, 19 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. He was the starter in Week 16 when the team lost to the Philadelphia Eagles and again in Week 17 when they lost to the Green Bay Packers. There had been Chicago Bears rumors floating around that he would end up receiving the franchise tag from the franchise if he didn't agree to a new deal, but that won't have any bearing on the team moving forward. Now they can focus on filling other needs, including who to target in the 2014 NFL Draft.

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