Jay Cutler isn’t going anywhere…for a long time. The Bears and Jay Cutler have agreed to terms on a 7-year deal that will keep the soon to be 31-year old in the Windy City through the 2020 season, General Manager Phil Emery announced Thursday. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
This past season, Cutler posted a career high 89.2 passer rating while throwing for 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 11 games.
In a press conference announcing the signing, Emery said of Cutler:
“He had his best season as a pro this past year from a statistical outlook. I also think he had his best season as a pro in terms of his leadership, his improvement, his display of toughness, his ability to bounce back, his ability to handle the pressure and his ability to come back and win games.”
Cutler and the Bears fell just short in last Sunday’s winner take all game against the Packers, a team he’s now just 1-9 against in his career. In his 5-years in Chicago, the Bears have made the post-season just once.
His future with the team was in doubt after Josh McCown’s hot play down the stretch with Cutler out. In 5 starts, McCown threw 13 touchdowns and just one interception while leading the Bears to a 3-2 record.
Entering the off-season, the Bears had over 40 million in salary cap space and wasted no time getting started. Chicago also announced the signings of cornerback Tim Jennings and guard Matt Slauson to 4-year deals.
The question with Cutler has never been talent, his ability to stay on the field and consistency have been the major problems.
Whether Bears fans like it or not, Jay Cutler is your quarterback for a long, long time.