The Chicago Bears took no chances by deciding to lock up their franchise quarterback.
Before free agency officially hit for Cutler, the Bears announced they re-signed the gunslinger to a seven-year contract, which will likely mean he'll be a member of the franchise for the remainder of his career.
Cutler battled through an injury-ridden 2013 season, though seemed to thrive in first-year coach Marc Trestman's offense.
Cutler completed 63.1 percent of his passes for 2,621 yards and 19 touchdowns in 11 games played. Though he missed five games, he posted a career-best 89.2 quarterback rating.
Assuming Cutler stays healthy in 2014, the Bears' offense should continue to get stronger, with Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery back in the fold.
The Bears also announced new deals for offensive guard Matt Slauson and cornerback Tim Jennings.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.