Bears set to retool after offseason moves

By Mateo Avila

DeKALB — The Jay Cutler era has finally come to an end for the Chicago Bears, which was an abysmal eight years.

Cutler appeared in 102 games, throwing 208 touchdowns while turning the ball 202 times — 146 interceptions and 56 fumbles, according to ESPN.

With Cutler’s departure, not a single player remains from the Bears’ last 2010 playoff appearance, when the Bears advanced to the NFC championship game. The Bears finished with just two winning seasons in Cutler’s eight years in the pocket with a single post-season berth in 2010.

Stephen A. Smith, co-host of ESPN’s “First Take,” often voiced his displeasure with Cutler during his time with the Bears.

“I encourage the city of Chicago to ban this man from the city of Chicago,” Smith said. “This dude is the worst quarterback in the NFL. He is an absolute joke… He always has been. He is, and he will remain that way. He is somebody who is leaderless; he is somebody that brings absolutely nothing to the table that galvanizes the troops around him. He is a football abomination.”

It’s over, and Cutler is gone. The fans have been set free.

Unfortunately, the celebration may need to be put on hold.

The Bears also lost Alshon Jeffery, former Pro Bowl wide receiver in free agency to the Philadelphia Eagles, leaving them without any real standout wide receiver. The top of the Bears’ wide receiver rotation, Cameron Meredith, Kevin White, Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson, combined for just eight touchdowns and 1,604 yards, according to the NFL’s official website.