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Chicago general manager Jerry Angelo said Thursday night the Bears have had no contract discussions with quarterback Jay Cutler, whom they acquired in a stunning afternoon trade.
Cutler is midway through the six-year, $48 million contract he signed after Denver drafted him in 2006. There has been rampant speculation that his desire to leave the Broncos was in part a ploy to jump-start negotiations for an extension, but the Bears haven't crossed that bridge yet.
"No," Angelo said on a teleconference with reporters. "We have not talked to his agent about that."
It's probably a matter of when -- and not if -- Chicago will approach Cutler about a new deal. After giving up three draft choices to acquire him, including a pair of first-round picks, the Bears certainly want more than three years of security.
I'll be back with a couple more posts before the night is over. Cutler is en route to Chicago and is scheduled to be introduced at a news conference Friday afternoon.