What does Cutler have to do in 2013 to get a new deal?

The Bears first minicamp came to a end today. New head coach Marc Trestman seemed pleased with what he accomplished with his team in this brief period. A lot of talk has been centered around multiple topics at Halas Hall. Who will the Bears draft with the 20th pick? Will they trade down? What position will Gabe Carimi play? Will Marc Trestman succeed in his first year as head coach of the Chicago Bears?

Those are all good questions that have varying answers. I see the Bears drafting on the defensive side of the ball. If GM Phil Emery can trade the 20th pick down to gain a 3rd round pick I believe he will. Gabe Carimi's roster spot is very much in jeopardy this coming season.  The verdict is still out on Trestman. My big question heading into the 2013 season is, "What does Jay Cutler have to do to get that long term deal with the Bears in 2014?"

Quarterback Jay Cutler is in the final year of his contract. With players around the league getting lucrative deals, Cutler will be looking for his own next offseason. The day former GM Jerry Angelo traded Kyle Orton and two first round picks for Jay Cutler he was expected to be the savior. The Bears clown car of quarterbacks was to finally end. Jay Cutler was going to be this franchises quarterback and guide them to a Super Bowl. The plan hasn't gone that way in the four seasons he has been here.

Cutler has received harsh criticism since his arrival in Chicago, some warranted and some not. Whether it's his "jerk face" attitude people don't like, his toughness questioned when injured in the NFC Championship game, or a lack of consistency in his skill set, Jay Cutler is not the "Golden Boy" in Chicago. Cutler, however, is the most talented quarterback the Bears have ever had.

In the final year of his deal, Cutler will be watched with a magnifying glass. Cutler has gone through three offense coordinators, one head coach, and one GM in his time here in Chicago. The talent level that has been put around Jay Cutler has been in question for years. GM Phil Emery has been addressing that in the last two seasons since taking over. Emery traded two 3rd round picks for WR and close friend of Cutler, Brandon Marshall. Re-signed Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte. Drafted another big wide receiver in Alshon Jeffery. Marc Trestman was hired because he was a offensive minded coach to help bring out Jay's talents. This offseason Emery added a Pro Bowl LT in Jermon Bushrod and a play maker in TE Martelllus Bennett during free agency. Emery will also add in the amateur draft next week. So now Cutler has the toys to help him play at the highest level. So what does Cutler need to accomplish in 2013?

Winning a Super Bowl would all but guarantee Cutler a contract extension very similar to Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco's situation last season.  To a lesser extent though, Jay just needs to be better. Cutler will be expected to take his leadership up another notch with the departure of Brian Urlacher. Cutler is going to have to improve his mechanics and cut down on the interceptions. Also, his decision making on when to get rid of the ball and when to make a play needs to improve. Health will be another factor for Cutler. If Jay can improve in all these areas, I can't see how the Chicago Bears don't extend Jay Cutler with a lucrative long term deal. GM Phil Emery is trying to reload this roster with talent, while contending for a Super Bowl title. The last position the Bears can afford to start over at is the QB position. With no QB's in the pipeline, the Bears need Cutler to be that guy that the Bears traded for on April 2, 2009.

The talent around Cutler is here now. Jay has the talent in himself to be great. Now it's time to see them both come together.

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