Jay Cutler not concerned about lack of extension with Bears

Jonathan Daniel

Chicago hasn't given its quarterback long-term answers, leaving open the possibility this season could be his last playing for the team he grew up rooting for.

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler hasn't received a contract extension, but he's not staying awake at night thinking about it, according to ESPN.com.

On a radio show Tuesday, Cutler talked about the lack of concern he's feeling about the situation.

"I haven't thought about it in a while, actually," Cutler said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000. "I'll probably address it once in training camp, once before the season and that's kind of it. I'm not going to talk about it.

"That stuff takes care of itself. As long as we're winning football games and I'm playing well, hopefully they keep me around. If that doesn't happen, we'll see how it plays out. I'm not going to be distracted by it. I can't worry about it. I've been in this league long enough. I've seen guys come and guys go. It will work out the way it's supposed to work out."

Unlike Tony Romo, Joe Flacco, Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford, Cutler hasn't been given a handful of years and a truckload of money going into the future. This season, Cutler is going to be paid $5,867,500 in the final year of his current five-year deal, per Spotrac.

It's understandable why the Bears wouldn't want to commit a ton of money to Cutler at this stage, since the Bears are operating under a new head coach in Marc Trestman. In 2012, Cutler wasn't beyond reproach with 3,033 passing yards to go along with 19 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions. As Windy City Gridiron's Lester Wiltfong, Jr. writes:

From the standpoint of the Chicago Bears, it makes perfect sense to hold off on the extension with a new coaching regime in place. General manager Phil Emery has married the franchise to the West Coast Offense of Marc Trestman, so the wait and see approach is the right one.

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