What Jay Cutler's release says about Ryan Pace's Bears

The Bears released Jay Cutler, then reportedly will sign someone else’s backup to start, and still plan to draft a quarterback this year.

Isn’t this is what a general manager does in Year 1, not Year 3, Ryan Pace?

Way to keep that 3-13 momentum going.

In releasing Cutler, the Bears say goodbye to the franchise’s all-time leader in passing yards, TDs and vilification.

Cutler sent out a nice statement the day he was released, thanking the fans and specifically thanking by name ownership and the GMs who gave him money.

But noticeably and specifically, Cutler omitted the head coaches and offensive coordinators he got fired with all those interceptions and soul-crushing losses, and I’m wondering, what was the common piece all those years, Jay?

OK, besides the McCaskeys and Ted Phillips, I mean.

Do I have this right: John Fox looks like he’s going to try to save his job with Mike Glennon after he couldn’t do it with Peyton Manning?

The good news is, Glennon’s reported contract isn’t as bad as was first rumored. The guarantee of no more than $19 million doesn’t make Glennon better, it just makes the contract easier to ditch after a year.

So, then, the Bears apparently will take a flyer at the most important position, then likely will select at least one quarterback in the draft, too, which means they’ll be taking another flyer, except the first flyer likely will require all the reps that the second flyer needs to adjust to the NFL.

Then again, Bears history suggests everyone will play, including whoever becomes the new Matt Barkley.

A Tribune photo by Armando Sanchez of Glennon and his wife, Jessica, pushing a stroller walking through O’Hare on Thursday night caught Jessica with a terrified look on her face, and I don’t believe she’d even had time to ask Kristin Cavallari what’s up.

At one point, the Bears were rumored to be the frontrunner for cornerback Stephon Gilmore. But the Patriots stepped in. The Patriots won. The Patriots win everything. The Bears, um, don’t.

One report quoted Gilmore as saying he was disappointed with the Bears' offer, and I’m thinking, management wonks are just trying to mimic the stuff on the field.

The player the Patriots didn’t bring back when they signed Gilmore went to the Titans. How’s that heritage franchise stuff selling these days, George McCaskey?

In all, two free-agent cornerbacks the Bears wanted signed elsewhere, one of them, A.J. Bouye, with the 3-13 Jaguars. So, the Bears’ apparently aren’t even the most desirable 3-13 team.

Alshon Jeffery left for a one-year deal in Philadelphia. So, the Bears apparently aren’t even the most desirable place for one-year deals, either.

Fox said the Bears could sell Jeffery on the fact that "he knows us better than anybody else he could potentially go to," and I’m thinking, yeah, he knows the coach is livid that he trains on his own in the offseason and he knows the coach has an offensive coordinator nobody except the coach believes can do the job.

The Bears re-signed Josh Bellamy, so they won’t have to overpay in free agency to fill that void at dropped passes.

New Bears receiver Markus Wheaton played only three games last season because of a lingering shoulder injury, so it took the team only one day of free agency to fill the void at players who come pre-injured.

What are the chances that 32-year-old free-agent safety Quintin Demps is as bad as Antrelle Rolle? Or Adrian Amos? Don’t answer. It’s rhetorical, people.

When you add up the McCaskey ownership, Phillips as president and the wonky GM-coach situation, it’s clear why we can’t have nice things.

It’s like the Bears’ approach on the first day of free agency was stolen from Dowell Loggains' red-zone scheme.

Another day, another chance for the NFL’s heritage franchise to get pantsed nationally.

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