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Chicago Bears: Long-Term Extension For Jay Cutler Would Set Franchise Back

Jay Cutler

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First and foremost: the Chicago Bears lost to the Philadelphia Eagles because Mel Tucker‘s defense couldn’t stop a nosebleed. Even though the Bears’ offense and special teams was equally bad; any defense that gives up 54 points deserves to be questioned to the nth degree. With that being said, hopefully this painful loss can finally open the eyes of many Bears fans when it comes to the franchise’s future at quarterback.

Jay Cutler is a free agent after the year and 2013 hasn’t exactly been a banner year for the gun-slinginger. In fact, this campaign has been pretty much what most have come to expect from Cutler — a few beautiful games, a couple of duds and a long-term injury at a crucial time in the year. At this point in time, just about every NFL fans knows what to expect from good ‘ole No. 6.

With that being said, is the above description worth nearly $20 million a year? No. And if Bears general manager Phil Emery decides to lineup and throw Cutler a Matt Ryan or Tony Romo-sized contract this offseason then Bears fans can all but pencil themselves in for at least five more years of fluky offense and horrid defense. You see: by devoting so much money to a 30-year-old Cutler, the defensive side of the ball is bound to suffer with rookies and/or cheap free agents.

In case you missed it; rookie, cheap free agents and players like Chris Conte are the reason why the Eagles stormed up and down on the hapless Bears. Chicago has a huge decision to make and by re-signing Cutler to a mega-deal the organization would only be shooting itself in the foot.

Devin O’Barr is the Content Commentator for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DevinOBarrRS, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.