Jay Cutler’s time with the Bears has come to an end. Check out an overview of Cutler's eight seasons in Chicago:
Apr. 2: Bears trade Kyle Orton, 2009 first-and-third round selections, and 2010 first-rounder to the Denver Broncos for Cutler and a 2009 fifth-round pick.
Oct. 20: Five games into his first Bears season, Cutler is given a two-year, $30 million extension. Bears lose seven of next nine games on the way to 7-9 finish in Cutler’s only 16-game Bears season. Cutler leads NFL with 26 INT’s. Bears fire offensive coordinator Ron Turner.
- Bears finish 11-5, including 10-5 in Cutler starts with Mike Martz as offensive coordinator.
Jan. 16: Bears defeat the Seattle Seahawks for Cutler’s only career playoff win.
Jan. 23: Cutler injures knee, misses second half in loss to the Green Bay Packers in NFC Championship game.
Nov. 20: Cutler breaks right thumb attempting a tackle vs. the San Diego Chargers. Bears 7-3 with Cutler, fall to 8-8 under Caleb Hanie. Martz fired.
- Phil Emery replaces Jerry Angelo as GM.
- Mike Tice installed as offensive coordinator, clashes with Cutler during 10-6 season. Lovie Smith fired along with Tice and staff.
- Marc Trestman replaces Smith, Aaron Kromer hired as offensive coordinator, Bears open 4-2 with Cutler passer-rating of 90-plus in five of six games.
Oct. 20: Cutler injures groin against the Washington Redskins, misses four games, Josh McCown excels. Cutler eventually returns to start over coaches’ preference for McCown.
Jan. 2: Bears eschew franchise tag, sign Cutler for $126.7 million over seven years, $54 million guaranteed first three years.
Oct. 14: Emery calls Cutler “elite” by virtue of having a winning record as NFL starter.
Dec. 4: Bears crushed by the Dallas Cowboys. Kromer vents coaches’ frustration with Cutler to NFL reporter, later apologizes to Cutler and team.
Dec. 21: Cutler benched, Jimmy Clausen starts, suffers concussion vs. Detroit. Cutler reinstalled as starter.
Dec. 29: Emery fired along with Trestman and staff.
- Ryan Pace hired as general manager, John Fox as head coach, Adam Gase as offensive coordinator. Cutler not endorsed as starter.
- Cutler posts career-best 92.3 passer rating.
- Gase leaves to be the Miami Dilphins head coach, replaced by Dowell Loggains.
Sept. 19: Cutler injures thumb, replaced for five games by Brian Hoyer.
Oct. 31: Cutler returns for three games, injures shoulder Nov. 20 vs. New York Giants. Out for season.
Mar. 9: Cutler released by Bears.