Knowing that franchise quarterbacks do not grow on threes, the Chicago Bears asked themselves if Jay Culter could win a Super Bowl. The front office must feel that the 30-year-old can after signing him to a seven-year extension.
The new deal could keep Cutler in Chicago though 2020.
According to general manager Phil Emery the Bears like Cutler’s “leadership, his improvement, his display of toughness.” Emery said that Culter is “a demonstrated winner” and cited his ability to work with the teams coaching staff.
Foxsports.com’s Alex Marvez reports the first three years of Cutler’s deal average $18 million per season.
While Cutler could have been franchised for next season, his new deal will allow the Bears to keep their good cap situation in place and spread the value of his deal over multiple seasons.