American Football - Bears sign Cutler on long-term deal

General manager Phil Emery has announced quarterback Jay Cutler has signed a seven-year contract with the Chicago Bears.

"Very excited," Emery said, "to have Jay for the long-term."

Cutler is now tied to the Bears through 2020.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wasted little time replacing Greg Schiano, agreeing to terms with Lovie Smith to become their next head coach. The team announced that the contract was for five years and it is believed to be worth at least $25 million.

Smith, the longtime Chicago Bears coach who did not work in the NFL during the 2013 season, was on the Bucs' staff as a linebackers coach from 1996 to 2000 under then-coach Tony Dungy.

After spending three years as St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator, Smith was hired as Chicago's coach in 2004 and compiled an 84-66 record in nine seasons, including leading the Bears to one Super Bowl appearance. He was fired after a 10-6 season in 2012.

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Potential No. 1 draft pick Teddy Bridgewater is considering picking Roc Nation Sports and rapper Jay-Z to represent him.

Bridgewater, the record-setting Louisville quarterback, will enter the 2014 NFL Draft after leading the Cardinals, though an official announcement was not made.

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The New England Patriots re-signed wide receiver Austin Collie again on Thursday because injury questions continue at the position as they prepare for the play-offs.

Wide receiver Josh Boyce was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury, creating a roster spot for Collie. Boyce did not play in either of the Patriots' final two regular-season games.

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Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson was arrested on New Year's Day for suspicion of DWI, his second drunk-driving arrest since November.

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Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert returned to practice Thursday as the team prepares for its first-round play-off game Sunday against the visiting San Diego Chargers.

Eifert had been nursing a neck injury, and his return gives the Bengals a full complement at that position. Jermaine Gresham (hamstring) came back to practice on Wednesday.

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The Cleveland Browns will interview New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on Saturday, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported.

The interview is expected to take place in the New England area. Under league rules, only assistants with teams that earned byes in the first week may interview -- but not offered a new job - for vacant head coaching positions.

Rob Chudzinski was fired Sunday night after going 4-12 and finishing on a seven-game losing streak in his only season as head coach.

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Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has alleged that he lost his job because of his outspoken public support of same-sex marriage.

The Vikings issued a statement Thursday, saying Kluwe's release in 2012 was based on his football performance, but the organization would review Kluwe's allegations.

Kluwe, writing for Deadspin in an article titled, "I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot," blames former coach Leslie Frazier, general manager Rick Spielman and special teams coach Mike Priefer.

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Former Arena Football League commissioner David Baker has been named president and executive director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Baker will begin his duties on as the Hall of Fame's sixth president in its 50-year history. He replaces Stephen A. Perry, who announced in September that he planned to retire.

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The NFL has given the Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals a 24-hour extension to sell the remaining tickets for weekend wild-card play-off games or face a local and online television blackout.

The teams have until Friday afternoon to sell approximately 3,000 tickets.

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New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride has announced his retirement after nearly 40 years in coaching.