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06:59 AM ET 07.25 | If you're a member of the and Bears looking for a contract, don't expect your payday any time soon. On a perfect afternoon with mild temperatures and low humidity, the Chicago Bears gathered Wednesday for the start of a new era. And in a pre-emptive announcement surely designed to reduce distractions, Bears general manager Phil Emery said that he will not be handing out any contract extensions this year. That means quarterback Jay Cutler can figure on playing out the final year of his deal. ... "It's about winning games and winning championships and if they put their best efforts forward and continue to improve as players, they'll be rewarded," Emery said. ... "It's a plan that we'll have to work through, but it's a plan we're focused in on executing in 2014, not now."

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July 25, 2013  07:22 AM ET

That means quarterback Jay Cutler can figure on becoming a free agent in January.

Big tactical error by the Bears. They won't suck enough to get a rookie starter in the draft, and if they let Cutler slip away....

July 25, 2013  07:24 AM ET

This is the type of quote and news headline that will make Jay Cutler cry and snatch up his marbles....

July 25, 2013  07:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

That means quarterback Jay Cutler can figure on becoming a free agent in January.Big tactical error by the Bears. They won't suck enough to get a rookie starter in the draft, and if they let Cutler slip away....

He may not be the new Head Coach's guy.

July 25, 2013  07:29 AM ET

The more I think about it, it's a good idea... Cutler has to be on his best behavior. He can't whine and fuss, because it would hurt his FA chances.

July 25, 2013  08:18 AM ET

Yet the media will continue to ask about it ALL SEASON LONG.

July 25, 2013  08:19 AM ET

I think it is a bigger indictment of the Bears management that they have so many players around for four years and still do not know enough about them to make a decision.

July 25, 2013  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I think it is a bigger indictment of the Bears management that they have so many players around for four years and still do not know enough about them to make a decision.

The question marks are mostly on offense. Lovie Smith, Jerry Angelo, Mike Tice and Mike Martz were largely responsible for those. I'm willing to let a coach who knows a thing or two about offense have the time to sift through what he had handed to him, using his own criteria of what works for him, and make the decisions for what works best for him.

July 25, 2013  08:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He may not be the new Head Coach's guy.

Training camp opens this week. I'd say there's still time to figure it out.

July 25, 2013  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

The question marks are mostly on offense.

Da Bears!

Face it, though, Cutler is qualified to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. There are fewer than 32 guys in the world that can legitimately say that. When you have one, you can't let him go unless you've got another.

July 25, 2013  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Da Bears!Face it, though, Cutler is qualified to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. There are fewer than 32 guys in the world that can legitimately say that. When you have one, you can't let him go unless you've got another.

You are correct. Regardless of what anyone says about him, we all know Cutler wouldn't be a free agent for more than a day before a team snapped him up.

What Phil Emery says now is one thing... he can certainly change his mind whenever it suits him.

July 25, 2013  09:27 AM ET

Good plan really. Light a fire under Cutler and if he has a solid season and extend his contract simply by saying "conditions have changed"!

July 25, 2013  09:28 AM ET

Anyone miss Jerry Angelo?

July 25, 2013  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Anyone miss Jerry Angelo?

Thanks for the morning laugh, Otis...

July 25, 2013  09:43 AM ET

Cutler wouldn't last 1 hour as a free agent but since the Bears finally have a left tackle for him he probably won't find out.

July 25, 2013  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Thanks for the morning laugh, Otis...

It's what I do, Mel... :-)

July 25, 2013  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Cutler wouldn't last 1 hour as a free agent but since the Bears finally have a left tackle for him he probably won't find out.

On the contrary, I think the bidding war would last for weeks. And every day Cutler would wake up and say, "Ka-ching! Ka-ching! Ka-ching!"

July 25, 2013  10:03 AM ET

Unlike some athletes, any free agent contract would be enough to feed Jay's family.... I don't think his wife eats much.

July 25, 2013  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Cutler wouldn't last 1 hour as a free agent but since the Bears finally have a left tackle for him he probably won't find out.

They will have to tag him to keep him then, and once you do that the player has you by the shorts. You cannot play with your cap until he gets what he wants.

July 25, 2013  10:29 AM ET

Cutler is not a winner.

 
July 25, 2013  10:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Cutler is not a winner.

Jgirl just make a voodoo doll of you and stuck it with needles.

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