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Jay Cutler definitely leaving — for his wife’s birthday

Updated: December 31, 2013 5:57PM



Even if both sides want to move quickly in deciding quarterback Jay Cutler’s future, it will have to wait: He’s leaving town later this week to celebrate wife Kristin Cavallari’s birthday.

“We’ll see how it goes when we get back,” Cutler said on his radio show Monday night.

Nothing, Cutler assumes, will be accomplished before then.

He wasn’t sure, either, if he and the Bears could agree on a contract extension before the Super Bowl. Cutler — who didn’t sleep much after Sunday’s loss to the Packers — said his agent, Bus Cook, and general manager Phil Emery didn’t discuss an extension during the season.

He’s left, then, to weigh the benefits of staying in an offense ‘‘quarterbacks throughout the league” would want to play for against greener financial pastures.

“I don’t care what position you play,” he said, “if you hit the open market, you’re probably going to get more as a free agent ’cause they overpay.

“You’ll have a couple of teams lobbying.

“If that’s your goal, you’re gonna get as much money as you possibly can, but from somewhere else. . . .

“Of course you’re gonna take a little bit less [to stay], just from not moving, having to relocate . . . learning new plays, learning new teammates.”

Cutler expressed his desire to stay several times — he said he’d be disappointed otherwise — but was careful to couch his hope with the realities of free agency.

“We’ll find equal ground, and we’ll get it worked out,” he said. “Don’t know when it’s gonna happen. And eventually it might not happen.”

He told fans to rest easy, saying Emery has a plan and that “if it’s me or somebody else, you’re in good hands.”

Wide receiver Brandon Marshall’s vote is obvious.

On Monday at Halas Hall, Marshall said Cutler “didn’t have adequate coaching on the offensive side of the ball” before coach Marc Trestman’s arrival, causing him to be “one of the most beat-up quarterbacks” in the league.

He praised Cutler’s growth this year.

“One thing I know about Chicago: It’s been a long time since we had a quarterback like Jay Cutler,” he told reporters. “So all your stories this offseason, I think that should be the headline or that should be the story written this year: ‘Oh, how we love Jay Cutler because it’s been so long.’ ”

Marshall said Emery will “do what’s best for the team — and I think Jay is what’s best for the team.”

Cutler joked about his friend’s assertions that he’ll stay and wondered what would happen if he didn’t.

“He might jump on the moving truck,” he said, “and just go with me.”

It’s way too early to call U-Haul, though.

“Hopefully,” Cutler said, “both parties can get it done and get it resolved.”

Email: pfinley@suntimes.com

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