April 2, 2009 to Wednesday: Jay Cutler's timeline with the Bears

From April 3, 2009 to today ... Jay Cutler's timeline with the Bears.

April 2, 2009: The Bears acquire Jay Cutler in a trade with the Broncos, sending quarterback Kyle Orton, two first-round draft picks and a third-rounder for him.

Nov. 12, 2009: In a bumpy first season in Chicago, Cutler's worst game is a five-interception disaster in a 10-6 loss in San Francisco. The Bears finish 7-9 with Cutler setting career highs in touchdown passes (27) and interceptions (26). At season's end, offensive coordinator Ron Turner is fired.

Jan. 30, 2010: A day after interviewing for the offensive coordinator job, Mike Martz flies to Nashville to meet with Cutler. He is hired two days later.

Oct. 3, 2010: Cutler is mauled throughout the first half of a 17-3 Sunday night loss to the Giants, getting sacked nine times and suffering a concussion as the Bears manage just 22 yards before halftime. Cutler winds up getting sacked 52 times for the season.

Nov. 28, 2010: Cutler throws for 247 yards with four touchdown passes as the Bears beat the Eagles 31-26 to improve to 8-3. Cutler earns NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the performance.

Jan. 16, 2011: After helping the Bears to an 11-5 record, an NFC North championship and a first-round bye, Cutler sparks a 35-24 playoff defeat of the Seahawks with two touchdown passes and two touchdown runs.

Jan, 23, 2011: Just before halftime of the NFC championship game against the Packers, Cutler suffers a knee injury with the Bears trailing 14-0. He doesn't return and draws a tsunami of criticism for sitting expressionless on the bench through the second half. With Todd Collins and later Caleb Hanie at quarterback, the Bears lose 21-14 and the Packers go on to win the Super Bowl. It is learned later that Cutler suffered a Grade II tear of his medial collateral ligament.

Nov. 20, 2011: Cutler throws for 286 yards with three total touchdowns as the Bears beat the Chargers 31-20 to improve to 7-3. With their fifth consecutive victory, the Bears establish themselves as Super Bowl contenders. In the fourth quarter, Cutler throws an interception, then suffers what turns out to be a season-ending thumb injury as he tries to tackle Antoine Cason. The Bears lose their next five games and fail to make the playoffs. Martz is fired after the season.

Nov. 4, 2012: Cutler throws three touchdown passes to Brandon Marshall and the Bears destroy the Titans 51-20, reaching the midway point of their season at 7-1.

Nov. 11, 2012: Late in the first half against the Texans, a huge helmet-to-helmet hit from Tim Dobbins leaves Cutler concussed. He misses the second half of that night's 13-6 loss as well as a 32-7 defeat in San Francisco the following week. After Cutler's return, the Bears skid continues to 8-6.

Jan. 1, 2013: Despite winning their final two games and finishing 10-6, the Bears miss the playoffs and officially make the move to fire Lovie Smith after nine seasons. Cutler becomes an integral part in the interviewing process as the Bears search for Smith's successor.

Sept. 15, 2013: Cutler throws a game-winning, 16-yard touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett with 10 seconds left to give the Bears a 31-30 victory over the Vikings in the second game of the Marc Trestman era. On the heels of Cutler's late heroics a week earlier against the Bengals, teammates begin affectionately calling him "Mr. Fourth Quarter."

Oct. 20, 2013: Cutler suffers a torn groin while being sacked by Redskins defensive end Chris Baker. He misses the next game, then suffers a severe ankle sprain in a Week 10 loss to the Lions that keeps him out for four additional games.

Dec. 15, 2013: A week after backup Josh McCown leads the Bears to scores on all eight of their possessions in a 45-28 blowout of the Cowboys to earn NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors, Cutler is re-inserted as the starter. He shakes off two early interceptions and sparks a 38-31 road victory in Cleveland that keeps the Bears atop the NFC North. (They lose their final two games to miss the playoffs for the third straight year.)

Jan. 2, 2014: Bears general manager Phil Emery announces a seven-year contract extension for Cutler, a deal that comes with a maximum worth of $126.7 million and $54 million guaranteed.

Oct. 12, 2014: Cutler's 381 passing yards are his most ever as a Bear and he goes turnover free in a 27-13 victory over the Falcons.

Monday night: Cutler's three interceptions punctuate another double-digit loss, this one 31-15 to the Saints. It's the Bears' sixth defeat in eight games. Cutler's turnover total elevates to 24 for the season.

Wednesday: The Bears decide to bench Cutler, replacing him with Jimmy Clausen.

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