Jay Cutler's all set for a make-or-break season. Since the trade to Chicago that brought him here in 2009, Cutler's not yet returned to the Pro-Bowl form of his 2008 season that Bears fans were convinced was going to solve their quarterback problems once and for all.

Over the last four years, let's recap the changes that have occurred in the name of a productive offense:

Signed Orlando Pace, Pace Retired, Chris Williams goes back to left tackle, J'Marcus Webb took over at left tackle, and the Bears signed Jermon Bushrod.
Lance Louis left for Miami, and the Bears signed Matt Slauson.
The offensive coordinator cycle spins from Ron Turner to Mike Martz to Mike Tice to Aaron Kromer and Marc Trestman, the new head coach after the firing of Lovie Smith.
The Bears upgraded their receiving corps by adding Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
The Bears went from Greg Olson and Brandon Manumaleuna to Kellen Davis and Matt Spaeth to Martellus Bennett and Steve Maneri.
Get all that? I probably missed something, but that's not the point.

The point is that Jay Cutler is the crux of the offense, for better or worse, and the team has spent the better part of four years trying to adjust things to get the most out of the quarterback they traded a bounty for. Giving up two first round draft picks makes it hard to build around him, but the offense wasn't ready to accept a new big-time quarterback.

Now, the question becomes his standing for next season.

This week, Tony Romo and the Cowboys agreed to a six-year, 108-million-dollar ($40-million guaranteed) contract in the wake of Joe Flacco's "richest NFL player ever" contract for six years and 120.6 million (29 guaranteed). Whether or not you think Romo or Flacco deserve those contracts is one thing (spoilers: hell no). The fact they have them is another thing.