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Bears haven't talked to Cutler about new deal -- yet

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cutler6x.jpgINDIANAPOLIS -- It looks like Jay Cutler is going to have to prove this season that he's the franchise quarterback Bears general manager Phil Emery believes he can be.

Why?

Asked if the Bears had discussed a new deal with Cutler, coach Marc Trestman said Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Field that he hasn't "discussed any of that with Jay or with Phil up to this point."

Emery declined to go into detail about Cutler's future when asked if his quarterback, who has had many erratic moments throughout his Bears' tenure, has to prove he's worth another contract.

Cutler is entering the final year of his five-year contract with the Bears. He has a base salary of $8.47 million for 2013, but carries a $10.37 million cap hit.

"That is a contract question," Emery said. "We're going to work through that. When there is a decision on that, you'll know, when it comes to that point. Not going to comment on anything involving contracts or future contracts or current contracts or when we're going to decide on those contracts."

It still doesn't bother Emery that Trestman doesn't describe Cutler as a "franchise" quarterback, although he has. Even new quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh declined to place that tag on him last week.

"It's interesting because to me the No. 1 thing is that the team wins and that Jay improves and that all of our players improve," Emery said. "I know this: Our coaches are excited to work with Jay. So, whether it's a matter of semantics and I am calling somebody the franchise and they haven't said that, I am OK with that.

"I know that in their heart, we are working with Jay to help Jay become a better football player and a leader on our team and help us win football games and win championships."

Trestman has said several times that he's excited to work with Cutler -- and Thursday was no exception.

"I've had a couple of opportunities to talk with him on multiple levels and excited to work with him in all facets of his game. I really am," Trestman said. "He's an extremely bright guy. He loves football. He's got a great skill set. So we've got to work hard to provide him the resources he can to maximize his ability and that goes into everything we're doing in all three phases with personnel department and with our coaching staff."

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