Angelo: No contract discussions with Cutler yet

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Chicago general manager Jerry Angelo said Thursday night the Bears have had no contract discussions with quarterback Jay Cutler, whom they acquired in a stunning afternoon trade.

Cutler is midway through the six-year, $48 million contract he signed after Denver drafted him in 2006. There has been rampant speculation that his desire to leave the Broncos was in part a ploy to jump-start negotiations for an extension, but the Bears haven't crossed that bridge yet.

"No," Angelo said on a teleconference with reporters. "We have not talked to his agent about that."

It's probably a matter of when -- and not if -- Chicago will approach Cutler about a new deal. After giving up three draft choices to acquire him, including a pair of first-round picks, the Bears certainly want more than three years of security.

I'll be back with a couple more posts before the night is over. Cutler is en route to Chicago and is scheduled to be introduced at a news conference Friday afternoon.