The Jay Cutler era in Chicago is over.
The Bears are releasing the enigmatic quarterback Thursday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the move. Chicago attempted to trade Cutler, to no avail.
The move has been expected for months. With Chicago set to pay free-agent quarterback Mike Glennon $45 million over three years, with $19 million guaranteed, Cutler’s release became a formality.
The Bears signed Cutler to a big seven-year contract in 2014. With no guaranteed money left on the deal, Chicago saves $12.28 million on the salary cap, with just $2 million in dead money, by releasing the QB.
Cutler spent eight seasons in the Windy City after being drafted in the first-round by the Denver Broncos in 2006. He played just five games in 2016 due to injury.
The strong-armed quarterback has long been a darling of scouts, but his penchant for back-breaking turnovers and taking costly sacks irked Chicago fans for years. Viewed as a coach-killer by many, Cutler went through a handful of offensive coordinators during his time in Chicago.
At 33 years old, Cutler should find a landing spot in a market in need of signal-callers. The QB-needy New York Jets have been linked as a possible destination for an experienced stop-gap like Cutler to land.