From the Archives: With Brandon Marshall Out, is Jay Cutler Next to Leave Chicago Bears?

The Chicago Bears entered this offseason with what could only be defined as a conundrum.

Fresh off hiring a new front office in coach John Fox and GM Ryan Pace, the franchise had to figure out which direction it was heading. Clearly there was plenty to be fixed, starting with a defense which leaked like a sieve during the entire 2014 season.

However, the biggest issue was deciding what to do with two specific players, men who were both marquee names on the offense, but also lightning rods for criticism throughout the city. Wideout Brandon Marshall and quarterback Jay Cutler have seen their fair share of critiques during their time in the Windy City, but never more than last year. Both were labeled as locker room malcontents who were doing nothing to help the team dig itself out from an ugly season. Worth noting, too, was the fact each carried a massive cap hit if they remained on the roster this year.

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