The Chicago Bears have signed QB Jay Cutler to a deal that will reportedly keep him in the Chi for another seven seasons. Cutler, known as much for his cannon arm as he is for being prone to interceptions, will be with the franchise through the 2020 season.

“We’re very excited to have Jay for the long term,” Chicago Bears GM Phil Emery said. “He battled through the tough times and kept fighting. I see improvement in his ball security, distribution to his targets and a transformation in his demeanor as a leader.”

The Bears had a fairly decent offense under first year head coach Marc Trestman. Though Cutler would miss five games, he would amass 19 TDs and 12 interceptions. The 8-8 Bears missed the playoffs by losing in a must-win match up against the Green Bay Packers during the last game of the regular season.

There had been some speculation that Cutler would be a highly sought after free agent at the end of the season, but that is a moot point now. FOX Sports Alex Marvez says the new deal with average about $18 million per year over the first three seasons.