Bears And QB Jay Cutler Agree To 7-Year Deal

Jay Cutler

Bears general manager Phil Emery announced Thursday at Halas Hall the team has made a long-term commitment to Jay Cutler, signing the quarterback to a seven-year contract, Dan Wiederer and Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune report.

“We’re very excited to have Jay for the long term,” Emery said. “He battled through the tough times and kept fighting.”

After reciting some of Cutler’s statistics, Emery said, “I see improvement in his ball security, distribution to his targets and a transformation in his demeanor as a leader.”

The team also has signed corneback Tim Jennings and guard Matt Slauson, Emery said, adding that the majority of the work on all three contracts was done in the last three days.

Emery said the signings put the team on a “road map to go forward and win championships.”

In all, 28 players had contracts that will expire in March, leaving Emery and coach Marc Trestman to adjust their blueprint for how to build and overhaul the roster to improve on the season’s 8-8 record.

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