Jay Cutler wants to remain with the Chicago Bears as he faces free agency.

Cutler is even open to having the Bears place the franchise tag on him.

"I would like to stay in Chicago," said Cutler on Monday. "I'd be surprised if they kind of broke up the group that we have on offense. I want to stay here ... The longer that we can stay together as a group, the better we're gonna be."

Cutler is still out with an ankle injury.

"If they want to franchise me, I'm gonna feel good about the situation we're in," he said. "We're gonna be in our second year of the offense with these guys. We're gonna be better (and) I'm gonna be better, so it's not personal. It's business."