Bears to release QB Mike Glennon, will look for his replacement

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Bears quarterback Mike Glennon walks to the sideline in September. (Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS — That the Bears decided to end one of the most ill-fitting, ill-fated quarterback experiments in franchise history Wednesday was no surprise.

That they have to wait another two weeks to make it official is. The Bears have told Mike Glennon they will cut him, general manager Ryan Pace said at the NFL Scouting Combine. But they must wait until the first day of the league year, March 14, to do so — a result of a clause in his contract.

Glennon will end up making $18.5 million in his lone season with the Bears. The former Buccaneers quarterback struggled in four starts, passing for 833 yards, with four touchdowns and five interceptions. After he went 1-3, the Bears replaced Glennon with rookie Mitch Trubisky.

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‘‘We were going to be aggressive at that position,’’ Pace said. ‘‘We were going to take swings at that position and be aggressive at the most important position in sports. There are multiple factors that go into [why Glennon struggled]. The thing that stands out, as I look back, is it was really Mitch’s acceleration, too, so it was kind of twofold.’’

The Bears want to team Trubisky with positive influences in the quarterback room. New coach Matt Nagy’s offense demands athleticism, too. Free agent Chase Daniel, who spent last season as the Saints’ backup, played for Nagy with the Chiefs and knows Pace from a previous stop with the Saints. Former Bears quarterback Josh McCown, who started 13 games for the Jets last season, is revered for his locker-room presence.

Nagy said he and Pace have a plan.

‘‘But we’ll keep that between us,’’ he said.

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