The Bears have announced they have traded veteran quarterback Mike Glennons starting job to the Jets.
Glennon, a seventh-round pick in the 2008 draft, signed a three-year, $24 million deal with the Bears.
He had never been the starter at any position for the Bears, but he appeared in all 32 games during the season and completed 63.4 percent of his passes for 1,082 yards and eight touchdowns.
He was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Week.
He also led the Bears in rushing with 1,847 yards and four touchdowns.
The Bears’ franchise quarterback was selected to the Pro Bowl in three of his four seasons in Chicago, and he is the only player in NFL history to be selected to three Pro Bowls.
The team also announced that veteran running back Johnathan Franklin will be placed on injured reserve after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.
It was also announced today that wide receiver Corey Brown and defensive lineman Tarell Brown are on the physically unable to perform list.
Brown is expected to miss the rest of the season.
Franklin was released on Saturday.
The Jets had no comment.
Bears owner Eddie Lacy was among those who expressed optimism that Glennon would be able to stay on as the starter.
Lacy said in a statement, “Mike was a cornerstone of the Bears franchise and our fans loved his energy, leadership and dedication.
We wish him well in his future endeavors.
We look forward to welcoming Mike to Chicago as soon as possible.”
The Bears also announced the release of cornerback Jeremy Cash and cornerback Davon Godchaux.
Cash had not played in an NFL game since the 2012 season, and Godchausa is still on the active roster.
The decision to move forward with the deal was made after the team received an official notification that the deal would not be approved by the league.