3 Jan 2014

Chicago Bears re-sign Cutler

9:16 am on 3 January 2014

The Chicago Bears say quarterback Jay Cutler has agreed a seven-year contract to remain with the National Football League team.

Cutler, who could have become an unrestricted free agent, is now signed through the 2020 season.

Three other players headed for free agency in March had also been signed to new deals - kicker Robbie Gould, cornerback Tim Jennings and left guard Matt Slauson.

Cutler missed five games this season with a torn groin muscle and an ankle sprain, with back-up Josh McCown filling in as the Bears (8-8) came within a final-game loss to the Green Bay Packers of qualifying for the playoffs.