Published: Fri, March 10, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Bears Cut Off The Cutler Era

Bears Cut Off The Cutler Era

To replace Cutler, the Bears are expected to sign former Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon to a deal averaging a reported $15 million per season.

With the start of the National Football League 2017 free agency period only hours away, it appears that the Chicago Bears have found their potential replacement for Jay Cutler. October 20: Five games into his first Bears season, Cutler is given a two-year, $30 million extension.

Cutler's cut creates $14 million in cap space, roughly the amount new expected starter, Mike Glennon, is set to receive from Chicago, ironically enough.

He has a career 69 wins to 72 losses. Cutler played just five games in 2016, but managed five interceptions to just four touchdowns in that span while the Bears went 1-4. The Bears landed him with a three-year deal worth approximately $45 million, or perhaps just a shade under that.

For now, Cutler will have several options on what the next step in his career will be. The biggest thing that Glennon has going for him is the fact that he's not Cutler.

Cutler, who reportedly asked for his release, is an unrestricted free agent.

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Cutler's eight years with the Bears: 208 touchdowns, 146 interceptions, a 51-51 record for the Bears with Cutler under center, one playoff berth. But injuries, inconsistent play and poor coaching plagued the Cutler era.

Some other rumors have also tied Glennon's new team to wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and defensive backs Stephon Gilmore along with a host of potential safety additions. As a result, the team allowed Glennon to walk in free agency. Cutler eventually returns to start over coaches' preference for McCown.

Bears fans are also taking this in stride and in no way comparing Glennon to Osweiler.

The Jets probably won't be the only team to kick the tires on Cutler.

September 19: Cutler injures thumb, replaced for five games by Brian Hoyer.

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