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The Chicago Bears are releasing quarterback Jay Cutler, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Cutler holds almost every passing record in franchise history but will likely be remembered for leading the Bears to just one playoff appearance in eight seasons.

The veteran quarterback, who turns 34 years old in April, played in just five games last year because of thumb and shoulder injuries. Cutler suffered a torn labrum in his right throwing shoulder and underwent surgery in December.

Among Chicago's most polarizing athletes, Cutler's tenure with the Bears was marked by turnovers. He threw 109 interceptions in 102 regular-season games for the Bears, including a career-worst 26 picks in 2009 after the club paid a hefty price to acquire him from the Denver Broncos.

Cutler did quarterback the Bears to the NFC Championship Game in 2010 — a contest he left because of a knee injury — and posted a career-best 92.3 passer-rating in 2015, but those achievements were overshadowed by Cutler's struggles protecting the football.

Cutler cycled through six offensive coordinators in Chicago. The Bears' revolving door of playcallers also contributed to Cutler's failure to develop into a franchise quarterback.

ESPN's Jeff Dickerson contributed to this report.

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