Free agent quarterback Jay Cutler expressed confidence in his ability to reach an agreement with the Chicago Bears on a new multi-year contract before the start of the 2014 NFL league year on March 11.

Cutler said Monday on "The Jay Cutler Show" on ESPN 1000 that he would be "disappointed" if the two sides were unable to strike a deal before the official start of free agency. The Bears can also place the franchise tag on Cutler between February 17 and March 3.

"I'm confident in our ability [to get a deal done], and in [Bears general manager] Phil [Emery] and [team Chairman] George [McCaskey] and everyone over there that we'll find equal ground and get it worked out," Cutler said. "I don't know when it's going to happen, and eventually, it might not happen. But we're going to take a crack at it for sure.

"I don't know if I'd be surprised [if I didn't have a deal by the start of the new league year]; maybe disappointed. But like I said, this is a business and we all know that. Everybody in that locker room knows that. We had guys [on Monday] cleaning out their locker who knew they would probably not be Bears next year. That's how it goes."

Cutler, 30, refused to divulge the exact terms he is seeking from the Bears, although it's likely a substantial raise from the $8.97 million the quarterback earned in 2013.