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Brandon Marshall on Cutler: 'Jay will be back'

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Brandon Marshall says Jay Cutler will be back with the Bears in 2014.
Brandon Marshall says Jay Cutler will be back with the Bears in 2014. (USATSI)

The Chicago Bears 2013 season is over after Sunday's loss to the Packers. That means Chicago can turn to the offseason. The biggest decision will involve the future of quarterback Jay Cutler, who's slated to become a free agent.

If you ask star wide receiver Brandon Marshall, "Jay will be back."

“Jay will be back. Jay will be back. So all these stories for the offseason, you guys can put that at the bottom,” Marshall said via Adam Hoge of CBS Chicago.

Marshall's never been scared of getting Cutler's back. The two have a long history together, from playing with the Broncos to start their respective careers and then reuniting in Chicago. Marshall's got a history of predicting Cutler's return too, and wasn't shy about pointing that out.

“Write everything you have to say and then just say Brandon said Jay will be back," Marshall said. "Just like I said Jay will be back from the groin injury, Jay will be back in a contract year."

Cutler was a little less ... bold.

“You'd love to predict the future,” Cutler said. “I'm not really going to get into what's going to happen. It always works out how it's supposed to.”

As for how Marshall knows Jay will be back, well, he doesn't actually. It's just his gut feeling.

"I don't have any inside information, but he's a heck of a player and that is my quarterback," Marshall said.

Cutler's situation is weird because he'll want big bucks but he might not necessarily be worth big bucks. The Bears could franchise tag Cutler, but GM Phil Emery's previously stated that's not a preferable outcome.

There are a lot of decisions to be made for Emery and Co. Cutler is No. 1. And if Marshall has any input, he'll be coming back.

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