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Thursday
Jan022014

Bears Ink Jay Cutler for Seven More Years

Nick Laham/Getty Images(LAKE FOREST, Ill.) -- The Chicago Bears re-signed quarterback Jay Cutler on Thursday to a new seven-year deal that will keep him in the windy city through 2020.

Cutler and the Bears were knocked out of the playoffs by the Packers after losing the winner take the NFC North title in Chicago last Sunday.

"Anything that would have happened, [anywhere] I would've went, there's always positives and negatives," Cutler said. "There's always critics. Coming off an 8-8 season, we're not happy with how it ended. But I think everyone in this building is really excited about the direction we're going. So moving forward there's definitely gonna be people saying that this was the wrong move. That's fine. That's their opinion. The people in this building will stick together and we'll keep going in the direction that we think is right."

Cutler recorded a career-high 89.2 passer rating in 2013 and recorded 2,621 yards with 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 11 games. He missed one contest with a torn groin muscle and four more with a high ankle sprain.

"I don't think that part of it has set in yet. That will set in over the next month or so," Cutler said of finishing his career as a Bear. "I think we're all kind of caught up in just the excitement of being here and looking towards the future. Like you said, to be here for possibly 10, 12 years, hopefully we can win some championships."

The new deal is expected to be more than the $17.6 million average that the Lions gave quarterback Matthew Stafford and that includes at least $50 million in guaranteed money, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

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