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Bears' Hester, Cutler leave us guessing

2013-12-29T19:30:00Z 2014-01-01T21:25:06Z Bears' Hester, Cutler leave us guessingAl Hamnik al.hamnik@nwi.com, (219) 933-4154 nwitimes.com
December 29, 2013 7:30 pm  • 

CHICAGO | Changes are bound to occur in every sport, based on performance.

Sunday's 33-28 NFC North championship win by the Packers left many of the 8-8 Bears wondering what their future holds.

"It's tough," return specialist Devin Hester said. "We have players in this locker room that we know are never going to play; this locker room will never be the same. That's the way this business goes.

"And then there's the older guys (like Julius Peppers) who don't know if they want to continue with their career. It's tough for those types of guys."

Hester returned one punt for 49 yards and five kickoffs for another 127 against the Packers. He is approaching free agency and wants answers soon.

"I really want to know right away. I don't want to go through the whole offseason, not knowing where I'm going to be at," Hester said.

"I want to retire as a Bear. I put in too much hard work here and did a lot of things here.

"I'm pretty sure the fans want me back. So, who knows?"

Jay Cutler also was playing for a new contract in an up-and-down season that saw him throw for 2,621 yards, 19 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and be sacked 19 times.

"You'd love to predict the future," he said. "I'm not really going to get into what's going on. It always works out how it's supposed to."

Brandon Marshall believes Cutler will return, and handsomely paid.

"Jay will be back. Jay will be back," Marshall insisted. "Write everything you have to say and then just say 'Brandon said Jay will be back.'

"That's my quarterback. We're attached at the hip."

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