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The Bears are letting Jay Cutler go. (AP)

Eight defining Jay Cutler moments — one for each Bears season

SHARE Eight defining Jay Cutler moments — one for each Bears season
SHARE Eight defining Jay Cutler moments — one for each Bears season

Nov. 21, 2016: One more pick

Playing with a torn labrum that would eventually require surgery, Cutler throws his 109th interception as a Bears quarterback with 1:11 to play in a loss to the Giants. It would be his the pass attempt in his 51-51 Bears career.

Nov. 1, 2015: A good day

Cutler completes 27-of-40 passes for 345 yards and three touchdowns, throwing a late score to Zach Miller to beat the Chargers. The next week, he’ll post a 151.0 passer rating in St. Louis, his best stretch of play during maybe his best season.

Dec. 17, 2014: A benching

Marc Trestman benches Cutler in what proves to be the coach’s second-to-last game. Backup Jimmy Clausen suffers a concussion on the final drive of a loss to the Lions, forcing Cutler to start the finale.

Dec. 15, 2013: He’s back

Despite backup Josh McCown’s success — he threw 13 touchdowns and one interception —Cutler returns from an ankle injury to start against the Browns. The Bears beat Cleveland but lose the next two and miss the playoffs. Cutler gets a seven-year, $126.7 million extension four days after the season ends.

Sept. 14, 2012: J-Webb

In a 23-10 loss to the Packers, Cutler is sacked seven times, throws four interceptions and shoves tackle J’Marcus Webb. “If they want a quarterback that doesn’t care,” Cutler said, “they can get somebody else.”

Oct. 16, 2011: F-bombs!

Breaking a huddle in a blowout win, Cutler is caught on camera saying to the Vikings, “Tell (Mike) Martz I said, (bleep) him.”

Martz, the former Bears offensive coordinator, laughs it off.

Jan. 23, 2011: Playoff anguish

Cutler misses most of the second half of the NFC title game in a 21-14 loss to the Packers for reasons the Bears don’t make clear. After he’s ridiculed — unfairly so — Cutler is revealed to have a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

April 4, 2009: Hello

At his introductory press conference after the Broncos traded him to Chicago, Cutler said he didn’t see himself as a savior. Then-GM Jerry Angelo wouldn’t make any proclamations, but was optimistic

“Time will tell if he’s going to be a franchise player,” Angelo said. “We’re certainly hoping that’s the case.”

Mark Potash contributed.

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