Bears sign Jay Cutler to 7-year deal

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The Bears have signed quarterback Jay Cutler to a seven-year contract, general manager Phil Emery announced Thursday at Halas Hall.

“We’re very excited to have Jay for the long term,” Emery said. “He battled through the tough times and kept fighting.”

After reciting some of Cutler’s statistics, Emery said,  “I see improvement in his ball security, distribution to his targets and a transformation in his demeanor as a leader.”

The team also has signed corneback Tim Jennings and guard Matt Slauson, Emery said.

In all, 28 players had contracts that will expire in March, leaving Emery and coach Marc Trestman to adjust their blueprint for how to build and overhaul the roster to improve on the season’s 8-8 record.
Details to come.

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