According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Chicago Bears and QB Jay Cutler have parted ways.
Cutler, for whom the Bears traded two first-round picks and Kyle Orton to the Denver Broncos in 2009, played eight seasons for the Bears, yet led the team to the playoffs just once.
He missed all but five games last season, finishing 2016 with 4 TDs and 5 INTs.
Cutler's departure has been imminent for months. The Bears just recently made the news official.
Cutler will be replaced by Mike Glennon, who is expected to sign with the team later today.
From the official press release:
The Chicago Bears announced today they released QB Jay Cutler.
“I appreciate Jay’s professionalism throughout this process and throughout my two years with him here in Chicago,” said Bears General Manager Ryan Pace. “I will always appreciate his toughness and respect his accomplishments on the field with the Bears. He leaves here holding nearly every passing record with this storied franchise and I wish him nothing but the best going forward.”
"We are grateful to Jay for all he did as a Bear,” said Bears Chairman George McCaskey. “His ability, toughness, and intelligence were on daily display at Halas Hall and Soldier Field. He had an extraordinary impact off the field, doing things for people -- especially kids -- without expecting or wanting any recognition. I was and am a big fan of his. We wish Jay, Kristin and their three kids all the best."
“Jay was always one of the biggest competitors on our roster,” Bears Head Coach John Fox said. “He battled every day to get better, both himself and his teammates. He was a team guy who would offer anything he could to help the Bears. Wherever his career may take him next, I wish him nothing but success.”
In eight seasons with the Bears, Cutler owns nearly every passing record in club history. He ranks first in franchise history in career passer rating (85.2), completions (2,020), attempts (3,271), completion percentage (61.8), passing yards (23,443), passing yards per game (229.8), passing touchdowns (154) and 300-yard passing games (16). Cutler is the first quarterback in Bears franchise history to post five 3,000-yard passing seasons (2009-10, ’12, ’14-15). He has four seasons with 20+ TD passes as a member of the Bears (2009-10 & 2014-15) and is the only quarterback in franchise history to reach the mark in back-to-back seasons. He became the fastest Bears QB to throw for 3,000 yards, doing so in just 12 games in 2014 & 2015. He holds Chicago franchise records for single-season attempts (561) and completions (370) in 2014. The Bears acquired Cutler via trade in 2009 when the Bears sent QB Kyle Orton, a 1st and 3rd round pick in 2009 and a 1st in 2010 to Denver for Cutler and a 5th round pick in 2009.
Cutler has started all 139 games played over 11 seasons with Denver (2006-08) and Chicago (2009-16), completing 2,782-of-4,491 pass attempts (61.9 percent) for 32,467 yards, 208 touchdowns and 146 interceptions for a QB rating of 85.7. He also owns 1,650 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns on 367 carries (4.5 avg). Cutler was selected to the Pro Bowl following the 2008 season and was an eight-time team captain with Denver (2008) and Chicago (2009-13 & ’15-16) [Bears had weekly captains during the 2014 season]. He ranks 36th in NFL history in passing yards and tied for 35th in passing touchdowns. Cutler originally entered the NFL as a 1st round pick (11th overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Broncos.