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Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, in the final year of his contract, said he is not anticipating the Bears negotiating another extension and has no problem playing out the final year of the contract, making 2013 a prove-it season.
As Cutler noted, the Bears probably dont have salary cap room to give him the contract he would be looking for. But in Marc Trestmans first year, the Bears are likely to want to see exactly what they have or dont have in Cutler before committing to him long-term.
I think thats probably the way were headed, Cutler said Wednesday morning on The Silvy & Waddle Show on WMVP-AM. We havent really talked about anything. Were upgrading in certain positions. I dont think we really are in a positition to do my deal.
Phils got a plan worked out Well just have to see what happens. Im perfectly comfortable in the situation Im in. If we go into it iwth this last year then so be it. Ill play it out and well see what happens at the end of the year.
Of course, playing out the contract could turn into a boon for Cutler, just as it was for Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who parlayed a Super Bowl victory into a six-year, $120-million contract. And even if it doesnt work out quite that fortuitously, Cutler knows he will have options as a free agent.
At quarterback, theres a lot of teams out there, if it doesnt work out, he said. I would love to stay here. I love the situation Im in. I look at [it] as the opportunity as a whole with coach Trestman coming in, Phil [Emery] doing the best possible job to upgrade the entire team. Offensively us getting better. A new system. I think theres enough on my plate to keep my mind occupied without having to worry about my deal.
Source: Chicago Sun Times
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