At last, the Chicago Bears are moving on.
With the Bears expected to sign quarterback Mike Glennon to a three-year, $45 million contract, the team has decided to release longtime starting QB Jay Cutler, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday just hours before the official start of NFL free agency.
Cutler’s release basically became a formality once news broke about Glennon’s impending contract, which reportedly will guarantee the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers backup $19 million. It’s still notable, though, as Cutler has spent his last eight seasons with Chicago after spending his first three with the Denver Broncos.
There was no guaranteed money left on Cutler’s contract, so Chicago saves $12.28 million on the salary cap, with just $2 million in dead money, by releasing the 33-year-old, according to NFL.com.
Now, we’re left to question Cutler’s football future, and it didn’t take long for the New York Jets — a team in need of a placeholder quarterback — to be pointed to as a potential destination.
Of course, while the Jets seem to make sense of the surface, it’s important to note that Cutler isn’t the only option available. In fact, it sounds like Cutler isn’t even Plan A. That distinction, if you want to call it that, reportedly belongs to Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian.
There’s something fitting about the futures of Cutler and Tony Romo being tied together.
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