Jay Cutler had a new deal nixed when the Chicago Bears hired Marc Trestman

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Jay Cutler, the quarterback of the Chicago Bears, was all set to bathe in the spoils of a new contract, that is until Lovie Smith was replaced by Marc Trestman.

This morning Spongie linked an article by Vaughn McClure in the Bears Den titled, Franchise tag, no long-term deal for Bears' Melton. About half way down the article McClure drops this interesting nugget.

Sources said the team previously discussed giving Cutler a long-term deal worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $15 million per season. But that was before Marc Trestman took over as head coach.

Say what?

The Chicago Tribune didn't think that was lede worthy?

I didn't even notice it myself until WCG member, PolishSausage311, linked up the NFL.com piece in another comment thread.

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.

Even if Cutler has a great season in 2013, the Bears still have the option of franchise tagging him for 2014, just to be sure it's the real deal.

Windy City Gridiron Members, what do you think about this latest Jay Cutler news?

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