News

Bears sign QB Cutler to 7-year deal

Bears sign QB Cutler to 7-year deal

HERE FOR THE LONG HAUL: Jay Cutler signed a seven-year deal with the Chicago Bears. Photo: Associated Press

(Reuters) – The Chicago Bears ended media speculation about their quarterback position on Thursday by announcing Jay Cutler had agreed a seven-year contract to remain with the National Football League team.

Cutler, who could have become an unrestricted free agent,

is now signed through the 2020 season.

“Very excited to have Jay for the long term,” general manager Phil Emery told a news conference.

Emery said three other players headed for free agency in March had also been signed to new deals – kicker Robbie Gould, cornerback Tim Jennings and left guard Matt Slauson.

Cutler, 30, recorded a career-high 89.2 quarterback rating in 2013, completing 63.1 percent of his passes for 2,621 yards with 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 11 games.

The strong-armed quarterback missed five games this season with a torn groin muscle and an ankle sprain, with back-up Josh McCown ably filling in as the Bears (8-8) came within a final-game loss to the Green Bay Packers of qualifying for the playoffs.

In five seasons with the Bears, Cutler has become the franchise’s all-time leader in most passing categories including completions, attempts, yards and QB rating.

His record as a starter since arriving in 2009 in a trade with the Denver Broncos is 39-28.

(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York, editing by Tony Jimenez)

Recent Headlines

20 minutes ago in Local

Ambulance, SUV Collide at Clear Lake & Dirksen

Fresh
photowreck2

An ambulance heading south on Dirksen Parkway collided with an SUV late Friday afternoon, shutting down the intersection at Clear Lake for some time.

today in Local

Public Comments Invited on Rules for Medical Pot

marijuana

The proposed rules for medical marijuana are now available for public comment

today in Local

Fuzzy Language in Law Could Draw University Employees to Retire Early

illinois logo

A wrinkle in the pension story in Illinois is the almost immediate retirements of hundreds of university faculty members

today in Local

WIU Acknowledged for Arts, Creativity

western-illinois-university

Small-town and rural Illinois are not devoid of creativity

today in Local

Public’s Help Needed to Identify Vandals

handcuffs

Vandals scratched vehicles and also used rocks and a BB gun to damage windows on homes between April 7th and 13th.