NFL: Bears release Jay Cutler; Jeffrey signs with Eagles

ROCKFORD–The era when Chicago Bears fans and staff waited year after year for their quarterback to lead a Super Bowl-caliber offense is over, as the club parted ways with Jay Cutler Thursday.

The move puts an end  to an eight-year stint plagued with as many problems as passing records.  Cutler, dubbed a Brett Favre-esque gunslinger when he got to Chicago finished with regular-season record  of 51-51 with one playoff appearance while in Bears uniform.

Cutler came to Chicago in April 2009 via a trade with the Denver, where Cutler was struggling to fit into the Broncos’ system.

“I appreciate Jay’s professionalism throughout this process and throughout my two years with him here in Chicago,” Bears general manager Ryan Pace said in a statement. “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.”

Cutler leaves the Bears at their all-time leading passer with 23,443. He threw 154 touchdowns and logged 15 300-yard passing games.

In other moves, receiver Alshon Jeffery has signd a 1-year dead with the Philadelphia Eagles after reaching an impasse with the Bears. Jeffery played five seasons in Chicago and ranks thrid on the club’s all-time receiving list 4,549 yards. He caught 304 passes.

The Bears placed a franchise tag on Jeffery last season, paying him $14.599 million.

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