Reports: Bears change Cutler deal

Updated: March 25, 2014, 12:45 AM ET
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The Chicago Bears have cleared $4 million in cap space for 2014 by restructuring Jay Cutler's new seven-year contract, according to multiple reports.

The Bears will convert $5 million of his base salary into a signing bonus, and prorate that over five years, the Chicago Sun-Times and Tribune reported. National writer Brian McIntyre first reported the news on Twitter.

Cutler's cap number for 2014 is now $18.5 million.

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