Jay Cutler's seven-year, $126-million deal in early January helped stabilize the Bears' offense, but general manager credits the contract with giving the team's defense a boost as well.
On an interview on 87.7 The Game Tuesday, Emery said he was thankful to get the deal with Cutler done in early January, allowing more time for the Bears front office to hit free agency and the NFL Draft to get pieces to improve a defense that disappointed for most of 2013.
"In terms of Jay, that signing really set the table and allowed us to know the exact direction of meeting our needs to get this club better; better defensively," Emery told 87.7 The Game. "It gave us great clarity.
"If we were dealing with that contract all the way through up into the offseason - say, theoretically April 1 - that's a lot of veering off path of trying to help our defense grow and put us in a position to win."
So when the defense is much improved in 2014, you know who to thank - Jay Cutler for quickly agreeing to a deal that made him a very, very, very rich man.