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Does Jay Cutler Deserve His New Seven-Year Contract With The Chicago Bears?

Submitted by on January 2, 2014 – 11:49 amOne Comment

Are you a fan of the Chicago Bears? Then we have some good news and some bad news for you. First, the good news: The Bears just signed Jay Cutler to a new seven-year contract that will keep him with the team through 2020. Now, the bad news: The Bears just signed Jay Cutler to a new seven-year contract that will keep him with the team through 2020. But didn’t we just say that…Let us explain.

The news about Cutler signing a long-term contract with the Bears is both the best and the worst news Bears fans are going to receive in 2014. It’s good for Bears fans because if the Bears had allowed Cutler to test the free agent market during the offseason, he very well may have signed a long-term contract elsewhere. And that would have left the Bears without a quality quarterback heading into next season. Additionally, Cutler is one of the few quarterbacks in the NFL who is a “franchise” quarterback. He’s a guy who you can count on to, at the very least, give you a shot to make the playoffs every single season. So signing Cutler was a priority for the Bears, and it’s great to hear that they were able to sign him so quickly after the end of their season.

All of that being said, Cutler has been with the Bears since 2009 and, outside of a run to the NFC Championship Game during the 2010 season, he hasn’t had much luck in the playoffs. His stats indicate that he’s a franchise quarterback. But at times, his gunslinger mentality on the field gets him into trouble and hurts the team. So if you’re a Bears fan right now, we don’t blame you if you’re upset about the fact that you have to deal with seven more years of Cutler. He’s a quality quarterback. But he may not be the right guy to lead your team to a Super Bowl. And if it turns out that he’s not that guy, you’re either going to be stuck with him through 2020 or have to rebuild your team with a new quarterback at some point.

Do you think that the Bears should have given Cutler a seven-year deal so quickly? Or do you think that they should have allowed him to test the free agent market before making him a contract offer?

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