Jay Cutler signs seven-year contract with Bears

Jonathan Daniel

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have to look beyond Jay Cutler if they want to add competition for Mike Glennon this offseason.

The Chicago Bears have announced a contract extension through 2020 with quarterback Jay Cutler. The terms of the deal were not announced. With Lovie Smith set to be Tampa Bay's next head coach there was some speculation that he would target Jay Cutler in free agency, but this was never likely to happen.

With Cutler off the table, there will be no intriguing free agent quarterbacks available this offseason, while the Bucs' seventh overall draft pick makes it unlikely they'll find a quality cornerback at the top of the draft. Mike Glennon may earn another year under center by default.

Cornerback Tim Jennings also signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears, making his reunion with Lovie Smith equally unlikely. Charles Tillman is still set to hit the free agent market, however, and he may be a target for the Buccaneers this offseason. His age would be an issue at 33, but Tillman was still playing at a high level this past season before ending on injured reserve with a torn triceps.

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