Biggs: Bears extend Cutler two seasons

QB gets $20 million guaranteed Brad Biggs

Print This October 20, 2009, 09:16 PM EST

That didn’t take long.

Jay Cutler started five games for the Chicago Bears and they saw enough to extend the quarterback for two seasons through 2013.

Cutler will receive $30 million for the two additional seasons with $20 million of it guaranteed in the form of bonus money,

When the Bears traded for Cutler with the Denver Broncos in April, he was still in his $47 million rookie contract and he had three years remaining on the deal. Now, the Bears secure him for five seasons total and don’t have to lay out the kind of cash that has gone to Eli Manning and Philip Rivers lately. Cutler benefits with some money up front and it’s a win for both sides. The Bears had more than $15 million in available cap room, and the plan is to probably pay Cutler even more in the future.

The quarterback has gotten off to a strong start but three interceptions in the red zone have directly led to two losses. But he’s quickly turning rookie fifth-round draft pick Johnny Knox into a star and Earl Bennett is developing nicely too as the Bears shift to becoming a passing team.

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