Phil Emery started his end-of-the-season press conference off with a bang, announcing that quarterback Jay Cutler has been re-signed with a 7-year contract. Cutler was due to become an unrestricted free agent in 2014.
There were questions from the media and fan base whether Cutler would end up being Marc Trestman's guy, but all of that has now been laid to rest. When we learn the details of the contract ($$), we will update.
UPDATE: Contract is 7 years, $126,000,000, with $54,000,000 guaranteed. Look at all those zeros...
Emery stated that Cutler is coming off his best season as a pro, and has a special bond with the current coaching staff. Emery also stated that Cutler was a proven winner in Chicago, and that he was impressed by his improved ball security.
Also announced was new four-year contracts for cornerback Tim Jennings and offensive guard Matt Slauson.
Bears fans might remember a time when Jennings was fighting for a roster spot in 2011, but cemented his place in the starting lineup the following year by earning Pro Bowl honors (along-side Charles Tillman).
Matt Slauson proved himself in the trenches this season, his first with Chicago, and Emery was obviously impressed enough that he has been re-signed.
More contract updates as they are available.