- Michael C. Wright, ESPN Staff Writer
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Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said Monday the team hasn't yet approached him about a contract extension, adding he'd prefer to discuss business after the season instead of now with the team in the midst of a 7-1 run.
Cutler worked out an extension upon joining the Bears in 2009 through a trade with the Denver Broncos, and didn't like the way the situation worked out for him.
"I don't want to do (an extension) during the year," Cutler said on "The Jay Cutler Show" on ESPN 1000. "I did it during the year when I first got here, and it didn't work out that well, and I said I'd never do it again. After the year if they want to talk we can talk. If not, we'll play out the next year and see how it goes."
In the fourth year of a five-year extension completed on Oct. 21, 2009, Cutler receives $7.7 million in base salary in 2012, with the number increasing to $8.47 million in 2013, the final year of the deal. He received a workout bonus of $504,805 in the spring, and is set to receive a workout bonus of $500,000 in 2014.
Because of the business aspect of football, Cutler reminds himself to put into perspective his reasoning behind playing the game. After all, he's paid handsomely to play a game he grew up loving and participating in as a hobby when he was in the fifth grade.
"Sometimes you have to think about it that way because sometimes it becomes a business," Cutler said. "It becomes a grind, and then you lose perspective of why you play this game and how lucky you really are. You always dream of getting to this place and being able to play this game. I'm lucky enough to do it for seven years, some are less.
You never know when your last year is going to be your last year. So I try to keep that in mind each year."
Through eight games, Cutler has thrown for 1,774 yards and 12 touchdowns to go with 8 interceptions and a passer rating of 85.3.
Interestingly, he has averaged 5.2 yards per rushing attempt on 19 carries.
Cutler connected with Brandon Marshall on Sunday for three touchdowns during a 51-20 romp at Tennessee, and finished the game with a passer rating of 138.1.
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