Say Goodbye: Jay Cutler's time in Chicago is officially up

Say Goodbye: Jay Cutler's time in Chicago is officially up
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 31: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears reacts after the Chicago Bears defeated the Minnesota Vikings 20-10 at Soldier Field on October 31, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

With the ball on the New York Giants 49-yard-line with just over one minute left in the game, Jay Cutler threw a pass well over the head over the head of his intended receiver, Marquess Wilson.

The Bears lost the game 22-16 and Cutler’s last throw of the game, an interception turned out to be the last throw of his eight-year tenure in Chicago. That transpired on Nov. 20, 2016. He suffered a torn right labrum in that game and had surgery to repair it weeks later.

On Thursday, he was officially released by the team after news broke about Mike Glennon’s future deal with the Bears once free agency officially starts at 3 p.m. CT.

The excitement that came from the acquisition of Cutler back in 2009 from Denver is now all but gone. Fans and analysts quickly turned against him. In his debut, he threw one touchdown in four interceptions against rival Green Bay.

Cutler leaves the Windy City as the franchise’s all-time leader in passing yards (23,443), TD passes (154) and passer rating (85.2). He went 52-52 including the postseason as 2010 was the lone year he appeared in the playoffs.

The soon-to-be 34-year-old threw an interception in 70 games in his time with the Bears. He made it through just one full season and his worst statistical season in 2009 with 27 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.

Injuries, turnovers (139 total to be exact), poor decision making and constant coaching changes plagued Cutler in his time with the Bears.

It is the end of era despite the fact that pretty much everyone knew Cutler was untradeable especially recovering from surgery. His release trims $14 million off the Bears’ books and carries $2 million in dead cap.

So, now the Bears move forward with Glennon, who will be signing a reported three-year, $45 million ($18.5 million guaranteed), per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Regardless if it is Glennon, a rookie or Connor Shaw, the new guy under center will be the 22nd starting Bears’ quarterback since 2000 and ninth since Cutler arrived eight years ago.

Essentially this is a one-year deal for Glennon with the option to compete for a starting job next year. The Bears will be adding a young prospect in the mid-rounds or even with the No. 3 overall selection. hence that player should really be looked at as the future perhaps not Glennon.

Glennon, 27, is still an unkown after being passed over by the likes of Josh McCown and current Tampa Bay starter Jameis Winston.

Quick Stats

-The last time Mike Glennon won a game that he started was Sept. 28, 2014 over Pittsburgh. Five career wins in 19 starts.

-Glennon’s last start came on Nov. 2, 2014 when he threw 2 TD’s, 2 INT’s in a loss to the Brian Hoyer-led Browns.

-In his rookie season (2013), Glennon posted QB ratings of 137.5 and 138.4 in back to back wins. 84.6 for his career.

-On Glennon’s pass attempts over 30 yards he’s completed 45% of them for 3 TD’s, 3 INT’s in his career.

Safety help

31-year-old safety Quintin Demps agreed to a three-year, $13.5 million deal with the Bears, according to Houston Chronicle reporter Aaron Wilson. The first year includes $5 million.

Demps is a 2008 4th round pick. He has made 107 appearances, 41 starts, 18 interceptions, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in his career. The 5’11”, 210-pounder has 15 interceptions over the past four seasons including six a year ago.

Considering the Bears only had eight as a team in 2016, I think adding Demps is not a bad idea.

Does it fit the youth culture the Bears are trying to build? No. But he isn’t going to be here for the long haul.

He makes the defense better and gives them a playmaker on the back end. Safeties Adrian Amos, Harold Jones-Quartey and Deon Bush had one interception combined a year ago for the Bears.

Long says goodbye to his pal

Bears’ Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long took to Instagram to give Cutler a proper tribute.

Jeffery leaning towards Philadelphia

The Bears chose not to franchise tag wide receiver Alshon Jeffery this off-season for $17.5 million. Now, he is leaning towards choosing the Philadelphia Eagles when free agency starts, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

If he does indeed leave that would mean former core starters Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte, Martellus Bennett and Jeffery would all be gone from an offense that once was very solid.

Thoughts on the Bears’ moves? Comment below.

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  • Instead of the constant "Cutler led all Bears QBs in stats," how about a comparison to real QBs, such as Favre, Rodgers, Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, etc.? ESPN indicates that the all time high season passer rating is 88.5. Cutler had the 45th best season based on that incomprehensible metric. Tom Brady had 7 better seasons, Peyton Manning 8.

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