Bears have restructured Jay Cutler's deal

The Chicago Bears have already restructured quarterback Jay Cutler's seven-year, $126.7 million contract that includes $54 million guaranteed.

According to a league source, the Bears converted $5 million of a $22.5 million 2014 base salary scheduled for Cutler into a signing bonus. They saved $4 million against the salary cap. His new salary-cap figure is $18.5 million, down from an original $22.5 million for a deal signed in January.

The Bears have the right contractually to convert Cutler's salary into a bonus when needed for salary-cap purposes. They can do this as often as they wish under the terms of the deal negotiated between the team and Cutler's agent, Bus Cook.

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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