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Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler receives 2-year contract extension

The quarterback's deal runs through 2013.

October 21, 2009|Associated Press

The Chicago Bears and quarterback Jay Cutler have agreed on a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2013 season.

A person familiar with the negotiations said the deal includes approximately $20 million guaranteed and roughly $30 million in new money. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the terms were not released.

Acquired in a blockbuster trade from Denver in the off-season, the Pro Bowl quarterback has completed 110 of 172 passes for 1,201 yards and 10 touchdowns, with seven interceptions, while leading Chicago to a 3-2 record. With a 64% completion rate and 240.2 yards passing per game, he is on pace to set club single-season records.

Considered to be one of the Bears' best quarterbacks since Sid Luckman, Cutler got picked off four times in a season-opening loss at Green Bay but has since lived up to his billing. He led the Bears to back-to-back comeback wins over Pittsburgh and Seattle the next two weeks while completing more than 70% of his passes and has nine touchdowns with three interceptions over the past four games.

Worker dies

A member of the San Diego Chargers' game-day staff died 12 hours after falling out of the press box before the Denver Broncos played the San Diego Chargers on Monday night.

Walt Daniels, 66, died at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday at Sharp Memorial Hospital, the San Diego County medical examiner's office said.

Daniels appeared to sustain a head injury after falling 25 to 30 feet from a booth that was to be used by Broncos assistant coaches and landing on the loge level. He received cardiopulmonary resuscitation before being taken to the hospital.

Campbell stays put

Jason Campbell will remain the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback.

Coach Jim Zorn said on his ESPN980 radio show that he will stick with Campbell for Monday night's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Injury report

Cleveland Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson will miss the rest of the season because of a shoulder injury.

Cleveland placed its leading tackler on injured reserve Tuesday, two days after he damaged his shoulder during a 27-14 loss at Pittsburgh.

Tampa Bay fullback B.J. Askew will miss the remainder of the season because of injuries suffered in a car accident.

The Buccaneers placed the seventh-year pro on the non-football injury list. The team also signed cornerback Marcus McCauley and released cornerback Derrick Roberson before re-signing him to the practice squad.

Etc.

The Philadelphia Eagles acquired linebacker Will Witherspoon from the St. Louis Rams for rookie wide receiver Brandon Gibson and a fifth-round pick in 2010.

The Eagles made the trade to get Witherspoon, an eight-year veteran who spent four seasons with Carolina. He was the Rams' starter at the weak-side spot and had 36 tackles this season.

Joey Galloway's brief stint with the New England Patriots ended when the 15-year veteran wide receiver was released two days before the team leaves for London to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, one of his former clubs.

The Atlanta Falcons signed safety Jamaal Fudge to fill the roster spot of injured cornerback Brian Williams, who was placed on injured reserve.

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