QB Jay Cutler has not played a down yet for the Bears, but the team is convinced that they have their QB of the future in place. The belief is so strong that the Sun-Times reports today that Cutler might be getting a new deal from the team soon:
The Bears will look to do something long term with Jay Cutler, perhaps during the season. They’ll need to make that move in October probably in order to take advantage of the cap room and apply money to this season. It makes perfect sense. Yes, Cutler remains under contract for three more seasons.
But he has a $12 million roster bonus in 2012 that the team would probably like to avoid. Forget the idea of waiting to see how Cutler performs. They got him for the long haul and they’re going to invest in him for the long haul. But quarterback deals take time to put together. Why not start during training camp?
The risk of signing Cutler long-term is high, as who knows what attitude he’ll come in with, and what happens if he bombs in Chicago? The team has to make sure they are careful that they don’t put themselves too much in a hole if they sign him to a long-term deal and it doesn’t work out.