The Jay Cutler era sure was something for the city of Chicago. From the second the Bears sent Kyle Orton, their 1st and 3rd round draft picks in 2009, and a 1st in 2010 to the Denver Broncos for Cutler and a 2009 5th round pick, he immediately became the most polarizing figure in Chicago sports.
Some fans expected Jay to become the next Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, some fans hated the idea of trading away so many draft picks, some fans resented the way Cutler “forced” the trade out of Denver and some fans were just happy to have a legitimate starting quarterback on their favorite team.
There were some good times along the way, you don’t acquire just about every franchise passing record without doing some good. But ultimately the Cutler era will be judged by a lack of playoff success. There were too many turnovers, he was sacked too many times, but from 2010 to 2012, the Bears were 27-13 in games Cutler started.
I’ve always been a Jay Cutler fan, and I’ll continue to root for him wherever he ends up, unless he’s playing the Bears.
On Thursday, Jay Cutler sent the following message to the Chicago Sun Times.
“I would like to first thank the city of Chicago and its passionate fans for a memorable eight years. I grew up in Indiana rooting for the Bears as kid, so it was an honor to wear the Bears uniform and play quarterback at Soldier Field for my favorite childhood team.”
“I would like to thank Virginia, George and the rest of the McCaskey family for their support over my tenure in Chicago as well as Jerry Angelo, Phil Emery and Ryan Pace. It was a great experience to have played with such a great list of teammates during my time as a Bear. Also, I would like to thank all of the great employees of the Bears from the locker room to the front office.”
“Chicago is the city where I met my wonderful wife Kristin. I have been fortunate to have three beautiful children here. Our family will leave Chicago with great memories and relationships on and off the field. We look forward to the next chapter in our lives and wish the best to Bear fans everywhere.”
The Bears thanked Jay for his time in Chicago.
Here’s what Kyle Long had to say via his Instagram and his Twitter.
#CUTTY Name another guy making 100 million who calls their rookie right guard every morning at 6AM to make sure that he's on time for work. Name another Quarterback that shows up at your house on an off day just to make sure you're behaving. Name a quarterback that will grab you by the collar and pull you out of a brawl in your first game in the NFL. Name a friend honest enough to tell you what you need to hear and not what you want to hear. I have that friend in Jay and I will never forget the things he did for me. I learned a lot from you dude. You have a pretty kick ass family too!! @kristincavallari
Was fun while it lasted amigo, I'd give my leg for this dude.... but I'm excited to see what happens next pic.twitter.com/zIe92kcXtQ— Kyle (@Ky1eLong) March 9, 2017
Tight end Zach Miller, Cutler’s teammate from 2014 to 2016, had this to say.
It was an absolute pleasure my friend! 2014, back-shoulder rope in the back of the south end zone at soldier field was the first football you ever threw to me in a game. That back shoulder throw gave me a chance at a comeback and another shot at this game! Can't describe that feeling and what it did for me! I'm sorry we weren't better for YOU. You took every bullet for our football team and never once pointed a finger or deflected anything! Always called a spade a spade, stand up man and a tough S.O.B. Nov 20th, 2016. MetLife stadium, I never imagined that being your last touchdown pass in a Chicago Bears uniform... but I'm grateful that it was me to pull it down! Always had my back brother and for that I thank you! We wish You and @kristincavallari and your awesome family nothing but the best!
Make sure you check out Ken’s open letter to Jay Cutler right here.