In a league where quarterbacks determine the success of a team, the Chicago Bears made sure to lock theirs up.
Jay Cutler was reportedly signed to an extension of seven years, $126 million dollars. $54 million dollars of that is guaranteed thus making it a somewhat acceptable deal.
Now onto the reason as to why this deal makes sense for the team. The NFL is all about quarterbacks first and foremost, which makes it hard for teams to trade or acquire top-level talent at the position.
Therefore, you will rarely see teams move their stars e.g. Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, etc. But with Cutler, the Bears keep a guy that they now can produce when his line holds up and now knows the system. Not to mention the fact that he is probably the best quarterback that the franchise has ever had. And they have had some really, really bad ones.
He does still possess one of the strongest throwing arms in the NFL and the emergence of young receiver Alshon Jeffery also helps to balance with All-Pro receiver Brandon Marshall.
Not only that, but at the very worst the Bears have always been a bubble team. Not bad enough to draft a number one-pick quarterback but not good enough to win a ring, so to suggest them shopping or planning for an Andrew Luck or a Robert Griffin III pick is farfetched.
In the end, Chicago chose the path of stability instead of rash and bold decisions with little thought. While the contract seems enormous at seven years, it has already bore fruit. Being that the contract only had $54 million guaranteed; the team was able to resign some key pieces, namely star cornerback Tim Jennings, to a four-year deal.
If you can look past the numbers and look at the chance it gives this team to build, it actually looks like a pretty decent move.
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