INDIANAPOLIS The Atlanta Falcons will be looking to secure quarterback Matt Ryan with a new contract to extend beyond the two years remaining on his current deal, NFL.coms Jason LaCanfora reported during this weekends Scouting Combine.
The Baltimore Ravens are starting to work on an extension for quarterback Joe Flacco.
Flacco has one year remaining on his current contract. Ryan has two on his.
Jay Cutler has this season and next remaining on the extended contract he and the Bears worked out in 2009 after his trade to Chicago from Denver. He had more than two years left at the time of that extension.
The Bears with finance head Cliff Stein have a solid history of working out contract details well in advance of last-minute pressure. They have done it with the likes of Brian Urlacher, are expected to look again at adding time and money to Lance Briggs contract now that it has two years and not three remaining.
And with Cutler securely established as the franchise quarterback at age 29, and no one yet in the pipeline or on the depth chart in line to replace him, expect Cutler to be close behind or along with Flacco and Ryan getting new paper as early as next season. His 2009 extension was done in-season, as were those of Earl Bennett, Roberto Garza, Patrick Mannelly and Edwin Williams recently.
Cutler is unlikely to finish the 2012 season without a contract that makes him a Chicago Bear possibly for the foreseeable rest of his career.