As expected, the Bears will not use the franchise tag on Jeffery.
Free agency starts March 9 and Jeffery is expected to sign quickly with another team.
He replaces Clint Hurtt, whose contract was not renewed.
Two league sources said Tuesday that the Bears are exploring trades for Cutler.
The Chicago Sun-Times’ Patrick Finley examines whether the Bears should be concerned the NFLPA is steering free agents away from Chicago
In the latest episode of Halas Intrigue, the Chicago Sun-Times’ Patrick Finley examines the pros and cons of keeping receiver Alshon Jeffery: