Following in the footsteps of Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco, Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will wait until after his current contract expires in order to secure a new deal. Flacco rolled the dice last season and wound up leading his team to a Super Bowl championship and a very lucrative new contract. Cutler is hoping for similar financial success after the 2013 season.
Cutler had an average season in 2012, throwing for just over 3,000 yards and 19 scores. This season, the Bears decided to make a coaching change and Cutler will be playing under head coach Marc Trestman. Trestman is known for finding success in his quarterbacks. Cutler has to be excited by the fact that the Bears finally made some changes to the offensive line after taking a serious beating in Chicago the last few seasons.
Ian Rapoport reported on Twitter, “#Bears GM Phil Emery told reporters no contract extensions this season. So, Jay Cutler can spend the entire season playing for his deal.”
Cutler is one of two starting quarterbacks playing in the final season of his contract. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided to not extend the contract of QB Josh Freeman this offseason as the team waits to see whether or not he is the franchise quarterback they believed him to be.
If the Bears decide to move on from Cutler after this season, there is little doubt that he will generate interest on the free agent market with another team.