LAKE FOREST - Jay Cutler will not be back for a ninth season with the Chicago Bears. On Thursday the Bears released the veteran quarterback.
“I appreciate Jay’s professionalism throughout this process and throughout my two years with him here in Chicago,” said Bears General Manager Ryan Pace in a Bears press release. “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."
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.
The Bears acquired Cutler via trade in 2009 when they sent Kyle Orton, first and third round picks in 2009 and a first in 2010 to Denver for Cutler and a fifth round pick in 2009.
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