Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said Tuesday he won't be distracted by entering the last season of his contract, and he doesn't plan on discussing the topic publicly once the season begins. "I haven't thought about it in a while, actually," Cutler said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000. "I'll probably address it once in training camp, once before the season and that's kind of it. I'm not going to talk about it. "That stuff takes care of itself. As long as we're winning football games and I'm playing well, hopefully they keep me around. If that doesn't happen, we'll see how it plays out. I'm not going to be distracted by it. I can't worry about it. I've been in this league long enough. I've seen guys come and guys go. It will work out the way it's supposed to work out." The Bears traded two first-round picks and a third, as well as Kyle Orton, to the Denver Broncos for Cutler and a fifth-round pick in 2009 and then signed Cutler to a two-year extension that runs out after this season. Statistically, Cutler has posted some of the best numbers in the history of a franchise devoid of many elite QBs, but he's only led the Bears to one playoff win. A lack of consistent offensive success was one of the reasons given for the firing of Lovie Smith. Second-year general manager Phil Emery brought in offensive-minded Marc Trestman to replace Smith. Emery then drafted guard Kyle Long and gave left tackle Jermon Bushrod the largest free-agent contract for an offensive lineman in Bears history, he also signed Matt Slauson from the New York Jets and added tight end Martellus Bennett to give Cutler the most potent offense since he joined the Bears. "I think we can be a very good offense," Cutler said. "I think Phil and those guys did a great job of getting us better offensively, defensively, special teams. I think this is the most talented team [physically] that I've been on in Chicago. So there's a lot of upside to what's happening with the Chicago Bears. "But three years from now if we're still in this offense and still have the guys around us, we'll clearly be farther along than we are this year. With that being said there's no reason for us to go out there and not be competitive each and every game."
Jay Cutler says he won't let his contract status be a distraction
ESPN Chicago | Jul 17