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article imageJay Cutler signs 7-year contact with Chicago Bears

By Lizz Riggs     Jan 2, 2014 in Sports
Chicago - Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery announced that Jay Cutler has signed a seven-year contract with the Bears on January 2.
"We're very excited to have Jay for the long term," Emery said. "He battled through the tough times and kept fighting. He's a demonstrated winner with the Chicago Bears. He can be a key player in terms of being the reason you win," Emery added.
Read the article of Jay Cutler's new contract on ChicagoBears.com.
Emery also said Cutler had his best season in 2013 not only because of stats but also because of "leadership, his improvement, his display of toughness."
Cutler, who has played the past five seasons with the Bears after starting his career with the Denver Broncos, recently said he wanted to stay in Chicago.
Although financial terms of the contract have not been disclosed, Emery reported that "We're pleased, it works for both parties. lt rewards Jay and it enables us to continue to build a championship team."
Fox Sports' Alex Marvez tweeted his sources say the first three years of Cutler's deal average $18 million.
If Cutler didn't sign a new contract, there was talk that the Bears might place the franchise tag on him. In November, he said he wouldn't be insulted to receive the franchise tag.
"I'm not gonna take anything personally," Cutler said. "If they want to franchise me, I'm gonna feel good about the situation we're in.
"We're gonna be in our second year of the offense with these guys. We're gonna be better. I'm gonna be better. So it's not personal. It's business."
The Bears also re-signed cornerback Tim Jennings and guard Matt Slauson for four years each, who both were slated to become free agents. Emery is not done locking up more free agents yet.
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