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Impending free agent Jay Cutler expects to find "equal ground" with the Bears in contract talks.

"I don't know when it's going to happen," Cutler admitted. "And eventually it might not happen. But we're going to take a crack at it, I'm sure. ... You never know how it's going to go." Cutler's ambivalence could be taken as a side that the sides are indeed planning a divorce, but it's likely neither party yet knows how things are going to turn out. It's extremely rare for franchise-caliber quarterbacks to simply walk in free agency. We doubt Cutler will be the exception.

Jay Cutler QB CHI 7 Months

Jay Cutler completed 15-of-24 passes for 226 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Chicago's 33-28, Week 17 loss to the Packers.

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Coach Marc Trestman confirmed the Bears will start Jay Cutler in Week 17.

Cutler was not sharp in the 54-11 loss at Philadelphia on Sunday night, completing just 57.1 percent of his passes for 222 yards with one touchdown and one interception. But he had zero protection, getting sacked five times and taking a ton of hits. Trestman has already proven that he's going to ride or die with Cutler as he sat down a white-hot Josh McCown for Week 15. The Bears will face the Packers with the NFC North title and a playoff berth on the line in Week 17.

Jay Cutler QB CHI 7 Months

Jay Cutler completed 20-of-35 passes for 222 yards, one touchdown, and an interception in Sunday night's Week 16 loss to the Eagles.

Cutler struggled to move the Bears offense and took seven sacks before being rested late in the fourth quarter. His touchdown came on a back-shoulder throw to Brandon Mashall from six yards out. Cutler threw a brutal pick-six to Brandon Boykin against a soft zone defense on his final drive before being removed. Josh McCown completed 2-of-4 passes for 20 yards in spot duty. With the loss, the Bears will play the Packers in a winner-take-all game in Week 17.

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Speaking Thursday, Bears coach Marc Trestman "left the door open" to potentially resting players in Sunday night's game depending on the results of the Lions and Packers games.

Although that's likely sending a chill down every Jay Cutler owner's spine, that would require not only the Packers to lose, but Eli Manning and the Giants to defeat Ndamukong Suh and the Lions on the road. It's not going to happen. Start Cutler, Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall as you normally would.

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Jay Cutler said following Sunday's win that he emerged from the game "in good physical condition."

Cutler made a mostly-sparkling return from a high ankle sprain to drop 265 passing yards, three touchdowns, and two picks on the Browns. He was "cleated once" in the game, but looked as mobile as ever and made several big-time throws downfield. He's going to be a QB1 in Week 16 against Philadelphia.

Jay Cutler QB CHI 7 Months

Jay Cutler (ankle) is active and starting Sunday's Week 15 game against the Browns, as expected.

Cutler takes his starting job back from the white hot Josh McCown. He's a low-end QB1 in a middling matchup at Cleveland, where weather and wind could be an issue. There are no surprises in the Bears inactives: LB Lance Briggs, QB Jordan Palmer, S Sean Cattouse, DT Christian Tupou, OL James Brown, OL Jonathan Scott and DE Cornelius Washington.

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ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi does not expect the Browns to pursue impending free agent Jay Cutler this offseason.

It might not even be an option for the Browns, as it's hard to believe the Bears would simply let Cutler walk. Regardless, Grossi expects the Browns to find their next quarterback in May's draft, where they are on track to own a high pick. Cutler would be an excellent fit for coach Rob Chudzinski's pass-happy, vertical attack, but it's highly unlikely to happen.

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Jat Cutler has been named the Bears' Week 15 starter.

Josh McCown, who's averaged 352 yards over his past three starts, is heading back to the bench. Coach Marc Trestman made the decision after Cutler got in a full practice on Thursday, experiencing "no residual issue" from Wednesday's session. It's a risky decision to mess with McCown's success, but absolutely the right call if the Bears have any intention of bringing Cutler back for 2014. Cutler has played well this season, but attempted just 48 passes since October 10. With Trestman calling perhaps the best game in the NFL, Cutler will be a QB1 against the Browns, but he's not a slam-dunk play coming off such a long layoff.

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Jay Cutler (ankle) has been cleared to practice at full speed and will participate in Wednesday's practice.

Coach Marc Trestman said he'll make a decision on who his Week 15 starter will be after Wednesday's walkthrough and publicize it Thursday. Cutler will go through that walkthrough and then throw to receivers and move around the pocket following it. Trestman says Cutler will go through a "thorough" workout. Following last Monday night's win, Trestman reiterated Cutler will be the starter once healthy. We'll get an answer within the next 24 hours. Unless Cutler experiences a steback this week, it sounds like he'll be under center against the Browns. Josh McCown will head back to the bench after going 3-2 in five starts.