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NightLink: Salary Cap and Cutler's Extension

Yes, I realize that Cutler's giving the bedroom eyes to Allie and HoneyBear, but that's not the purpose of this post.

As we brought you on Sunday, the Bears have $20.8 million in salary cap space. Adewale Ogunleye's and Israel Idonije's contracts are up at the end of the 2009 season, but the elephant in the room is an extension for Jay Cutler.

I'll give my opinion on how Jerry should go about Cutler's extension and let you go at it: I want Jay to get a full year in a Bears jersey before Jerry extends him. Why? If I'm Jerry, I want to see how Jay performs both on the field and in the locker room when this honeymoon period is over. Tough times show true character; anyone can be a patron saint in a time of peace.

If we look forward after the 2009 season, I could see both Ogunleye and Idonije getting new (albeit smaller for Wale) contracts. Jerry would have an opportunity to see how Jay does before he tosses money at the man.

What do you think? Would you rather Jerry extends Cutler now or would you like to see how Cutler does before he gets an extension?