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Chicago Bears cut cap with Cutler restructure

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Chicago Bears have managed to save some money today as they reduced their cap responsibilities for this season by restructuring the contract of Jay Cutler, according to sources

The quarterback has quite a substantial salary for a player of his calibre, and it's understood when the Bears thought about saving money they went straight to Cutler. 

A deal was struck only this January between the Bears and Cutler for a seven-year contract worth $126.7 million, including $54 million in guaranteed money. 

Chicago only had $7 million of free cap space, but now after turning $5 million of Cutler's salary into a signing bonus, they have managed to save $4 million for this season. 

Cutler has quite a high salary for a player that has never had a full season QB rating of over 90 in eight years in the NFL. 

He has also struggled with injuries that have forced him to miss plenty of games, including the crucial NFC Championship Game defeat against the Green Bay Packers in 2011 when he was taken off with a knee issue. 

These problems have meant he hasn't completed a full season since 2009, but the Bears still stick by him.  

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