Report: Bears regret signing Jay Cutler to extension

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The Bears are just 5-8 on the season while quarterback Jay Cutler leads the NFL in turnovers.

This is not what the Bears had expected when they gave Cutler a seven-year extension worth $126.7 million last January.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport the Bears have become so frustrated with Cutler that they considered benching him during their Week 12 win over the Buccaneers. He has since played poorly against the Lions on Thanksgiving Day and then threw an interception that sealed a Cowboys win this past Thursday.

The Bears can do little with Cutler going forward. Releasing him this offseason would incur a $19 million hit in dead money. The only option the Bears have is to trade him.

Cutler has completed a career best 66.8-percent of his passes for 3446 yards while compiling a 26:15 touchdown to interception ratio this season. Jimmy Clausen is currently listed a No. 2 on the Bears depth chart.