Guest Post: Should the Chicago Bears Extend Jay Cutler’s Contract?

Dec 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) passes the ball against the Detroit Lions during the first half of a game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

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With Tom Brady signing a contract extension and Ben Roethlisberger restructuring his current contract, what should the Bears do with Jay Cutler this year?  I know what I would do. I would extend his contract and make sure he was a Bear for life. I’d spare no expense.

Why?  Because I own a Jay Cutler jersey and I don’t want to have to do something stupid like the fans in Denver did when they traded him.

So why should the Bears sign Jay Cutler to an extension? Read on…  

Salary Cap Room

According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune the Chicago Bears will have roughly $11 million in salary cap space for the 2013 season. Compared to a lot of the teams this year, the Bears are in good shape, unless they want to sign some big time free agents including re-signing Henry Melton.

According to Kevin Seifert of, Jay Cutler will take up $10.37 million of cap space this year. Jay Cutler was quoted on his radio show saying, “I’m not gonna try to break the bank.” He then continued to say, “I want to be on a successful team, and I know that paying one or two or three players premium (salaries) hurts your chances of being able to bring in extra talent.” If the Bears can sign Jay at a hometown discount and spread the money over the next 5-7 years, then they should be able to free up some cap space for this year and possibly the next couple of years.

Keeping the Cutler to Marshall Connection Alive

With a little more room in the salary cap, then the Bears can focus on signing Brandon Marshall to an extension to match Jay Cutler’s extension in number of years.

There is a possibility that Marshall will also give a slight hometown discount and according to Kevin Seifert of, Brandon Marshall will take up $9.3 million this year.

If the Bears extend both Cutler and Marshall, then that is even more cap space relief over the next year or two. With those two guys matched up on offense for the next 5-7 years, us as Bears Fans will always have something to look forward to on offense. And don’t forget we have Matt Forte too.

What are the Alternatives at Quarterback?

I know a lot of people are thinking we should wait to give Jay another year to prove himself.

This Cutler jersey wearing fan asks why should we wait another year? He has all the tangibles and intangibles as a quarterback. I ask all those people what are the alternatives at quarterback? Should we draft a quarterback? Can we trade for a quarterback?

The Indianapolis Colts had to suck for a year in order to get Andrew Luck, and a quarterback like him only comes once every 10 years. The Bears have drafted quarterbacks in the recent past, and we got Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton. Not too shabby, but not Jay Cutler. Trading for a quarterback is exactly how we acquired Jay Cutler in the first place and the Bears can’t afford to lose any more draft pick with trades. The only quarterback on the market recently was Alex Smith, and I may not be a scout for an NFL team, but in my opinion, Jay Cutler is way better than Alex Smith. If you compare the trade value of the two, I think NFL teams have the same opinion.

Jay Cutler Traded for Quarterback Kyle Orton, 1st and 3rd round pick in 2009, 1st round pick in 2010. Bears got back a 5th round pick in 2009 as part of the deal.

Alex Smith Traded for 2013 2nd round pick and a conditional 3rd round pick in 2014.

What the Bears need is consistency  The only way a quarterback gets better in the NFL is to stick with the same system, coaches and players for an extended period of time. With the hiring of a new coach with a minimum of 5 years commitment, it only makes sense to lock up Jay Cutler and enjoy the ride on my bandwagon.

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  • dwhnt47

    I like your idea to re-structure Jay and Brandon’s contract to create cap space better than my earlier post regarding a Peppers trade. I have been withholding judgement on Jay at least until he had at least an average O-line to play behind, and some better receivers. ( Sorry Devin, its just not working-out.) How much money do you realistically think it would free-up?

    • Michael Praser

      I’m thinking that if they re-structure and sign extensions, then the Bears should be able to free up at least enough for one quality free agent signing.

  • DeCon

    You had me until you mentioned Rex Grossman and “not too shabby” in the same sentence!!! That aside, nice work and now would be the time to extend both Cutler and Marshall. Doing so would confirm that Trestman believes in Cutler and could save the Bears some money, just ask the Ravens…I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’. I bet they weren’t expecting what Flacco did after he rebuffed them on signing an extension at the beginning of the season, which I guarantee was probably nearly half of what they will pay him now.

    • Michael Praser

      Ha! My not too shabby comment was in regards to making the playoffs in Kyle Orton’s rookie season and going to the Super Bowl the next year with Rex Grossman. Better than what Joey Harrington ever did for the Lions, right? But I’m a glass half full kind of Bears fan.

  • StuManChu

    Signing him now might be cheaper than signing him if he has a big year under the new system. And, let’s face it, we aren’t getting rid of Jay Cutler. I am not a huge Cutler fan but you don’t get rid of a guy having winning seasons with a team as flawed as the Bears have been. Succeed or Fail…Cutler is going to be the QB for the next 3-5 years at least.

    • Michael Praser

      As you can tell, I am a Jay Cutler fan. I’m not saying I want to go out and have a drink with him, but I do think he has all the skills an NFL quarterback needs to win a championship. He needs the right coach and I think we have that now in Marc Trestman.

  • ricefield

    I like your idea of a cap friendly extension for the dynamic duo. Cultler’s personality/attitude doesn’t strike me as a leader though. Getting an o-line like Darrel said makes a lot of sense to me. You could have Jerry Rice and Dwight Clark as the WRs and it wouldn’t matter if the QB is on the turf all the time.

    • Michael Praser

      I don’t think it is fair to judge Jay Cutler’s personality/attitude as it is displayed by the media. It seems to me from his play on the football field and the results he gets from the offense that he is a leader. When was the last time we as fans were screaming at the TV for the Bears to put the #2 quarterback in? But I am biased. I own his jersey.

  • Daryl Samsun

    Mike I agree with you. How long have we waited for a QB like Cutler? Now of all times to have a bad O line. But, with Trestman at the helm I feel a whole lot better. If Cutler can’t do it with this guy it’s obvious he has a problem. After reading Trestmans book I can’t believe the Bears have the smartest coach in the room; from us having how do I say this polite? The dumbest coach in the room.

    • Michael Praser

      Daryl, I also agree with you. Let us see what the Bears can do to fix the O-line. Last time I checked, they have very little cap space left for free agency. Time to take my advice and sign Jay now!!!!

  • Neil Obrien

    see what flacco got? thats what jay will get, BIIIIIG IF, if he wins. signing him now is waaaaaaay better for the long and short term. my fellow bears fans should remember there isnt a qb out there any better. if we wanted a new qb we should have done it last year.
    Bear Down

    • Michael Praser

      Flacco rolled the dice and won. So did the Ravens. No matter what, Jay needs to be a Bear. I just don’t see the Bears finding anyone else who is better. The longer they wait, the more he is going to cost.