Stakes high for Cutler this season

There's more than money on the line for the Bears quarterback in contract year

Updated: August 1, 2013, 11:32 AM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- We know all about Jay Cutler playing for a new contract this season. If he plays exceptionally well or, even better, leads the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl, he can expect the really big bucks. If he merely plays well and gets the Bears into the playoffs, then it's probably just reasonably big money for a guy already making $8.47 million in base salary.

But for Cutler, the stakes might be bigger than the bucks.

Whether he wants to call it a career crossroads ...

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