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For Cutler, define "make or break"

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Considering the Chicago Bears have no long-term backup quarterback plan in place, how good does Jay Cutler have to be this year to earn the franchise deal for which he's looking?

The Chicago Bears will have a number of contracts expiring after this season. On defense, Henry Melton's franchise deal will expire, Corey Wootton and Major Wright will be free agents, and both All-Pro cornerbacks, Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings, will hit the open market. On offense, decisions will have to be made regarding J'Marcus Webb and Roberto Garza. Yet the biggest free-agent-to-be is... Recommended Stories