Shea will be used in multiple roles, wherever his skills will take him. He is a perfect candidate to be on the field all downs in some capacity, whether that is blitzing, rushing, playing against the run in run personnel but he is going to have to compete for his job.
Bears GM Phil Emery discussing McClellin being officially moved to the linebacker position.
We believe Mel is the right person to lead our defensive unit. He fully understands where we need to improve, has the skill set and leadership to oversee the changes that need to be made and to execute our plan to get the results we know are necessary.
Coach Marc Trestman’s controversial decision to retain defensive coordinator Mel Tucker for the 2014 season.
I’m going to have my best year ever next year. I’m going to be healthy; I have a healthy offseason, I don’t have to get any surgeries. I didn’t even have a chance to prepare last year; I hit my stride Week 9, Week 10 in the season. Now I get a whole offseason. I really believe it’s going to be my best year ever.
Bears WR Brandon Marshall’s thoughts on 2014.
Sometimes quarterbacks can be a little bit of a wuss. He is not. He’s a monster.
Bears newly re-signed guard Matt Slauson describing Jay Cutler.
Per NBC Sports:
Per a source with knowledge of the deal, Cutler will make $54 million over the next three years, with a rolling guarantee that starts at $17.5 million upon signing, increases to $38 million on March 14, 2014, moves to $48 million in March 2015, and caps out at $54 million in March 2016.
The deal contains no signing bonus, creating a pay-as-you-go series of cap charges for the Bears, based only on his base salaries.
In 2014, Cutler will earn a base salary of $22.5 million. In 2015, the base salary is $15.5 million. In 2016, it increases to $16 million.
After 2016, the deal becomes a year-to-year, no-cap-hit proposition, with salaries of $12.5 million in 2017, $13.5 million in 2018, $17.5 million in 2019, and $19.2 million in 2020. In each of those four seasons, Cutler earns $156,250 for each game he appears on the active roster, for a maximum additional earnings of $2.5 million per year and $10 million over four.
Thus, he’ll get the full $126.7 million only if he’s on the active roster for every game from 2017 through 2020.
The contract also has an annual de-escalator of $500,000 based on participating in the offseason workout program. If he fails to show up, the base salary reduces accordingly.
It’s a real three-year, $54 million contract, with a team-held option at lower rates for each of the next four years.
Under three years of the franchise tag, Cutler would have earned more than $60 million. He therefore reduced by more than 10 percent his total haul in exchange for shedding the injury risk.
Cutler also has shifted most of the risk of poor performance, with the Bears most likely to pay him $48 million over two years.