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Victor Cruz reportedly cut as Bears seek solutions at wide receiver

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Victor Cruz reportedly cut as Bears seek solutions at wide receiver

Before Mitchell Trubisky put together an outstanding preseason, Victor Cruz was the most well-known player on the Bears. He still might’ve been even as Trubisky picked up some national attention over the last month.

But Cruz didn’t produce like the salsa-dancing Pro Bowler he was with the New York Giants. On Friday, his fate was sealed: The receiver-strapped Bears will release the 30-year-old Cruz, according to multiple reports. Cruz suffered a knee injury during Thursday’s preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns.

Cruz didn’t flash much in practice, and he only caught six passes for 37 yards with a touchdown in four preseason games. And that Cruz played all four preseason games, almost exclusively with the Bears’ second/third/fourth-string offense, makes the team’s decision to cut him not all that surprising.

He was solidly behind Kendall Wright on the team’s slot receiver depth chart and, because of that, only saw a handful of first-team reps. In the all-important third preseason game against the Tennessee Titans, he dropped a pass from Trubisky that hit him in the chest.

Ideally, the Bears would’ve had a reason to keep Cruz and his sage-like wisdom around their receiver room. Kevin White — who, after Cameron Meredith’s injury, became one of the most important players on the Bears — praised Cruz’s presence during July and August.

“He’s a good vet, so he sees a lot of things that other people don’t see,” White said. “We talk one-on-one off the field so for a guy like that to be around is tremendous for me.” 

Despite failing to break free of the backup/third-string offense during training camp, Cruz remained confident he still had “it” after missing 26 games in 2014 and 2015 due to a serious calf injury. Whether he gets another chance to prove it remains to be seen, but being unable to make a roster of a team that desperately needs receivers doesn’t seem like a good sign.

“I still feel like the quickness is there,” Cruz said on Tuesday. “I still feel like the play-making ability is there. Now it’s just to continue to show that each and every time I’m on the field whether it will be practice or on game day.”

For one day Mitch Trubisky wasn't the best quarterback at Bears practice...because Peyton Manning showed up

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For one day Mitch Trubisky wasn't the best quarterback at Bears practice...because Peyton Manning showed up

Move over, Mitch Trubisky. You may have looked stellar in your first two professional games, but there was an even better quarterback at Bears practice on Wednesday.

Future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning, who played under Bears head coach John Fox for three seasons, showed up at Halas Hall to chat with the staff and quarterbacks. In one of the photographs below Manning is also chatting with wide receivers Cam Meredith and kevin White.

It was only one practice, but it can't hurt having a presence like Manning's in Trubisky's ear, especially on a day when the No. 2 overall pick took first-team quarterback reps.

Report: Jay Cutler considering broadcasting career, has auditioned for FOX

Report: Jay Cutler considering broadcasting career, has auditioned for FOX

Former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler may follow Tony Romo into the broadcast booth.

While no NFL teams have expressed serious interest in signing him as a starter this offseason, Cutler is exploring a career in broadcasting, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

According to Garafolo, Cutler's representatives have talked with network executives about TV roles.

ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson reported that Cutler flew out to Los Angeles and auditioned with FOX last week.

Garafolo states that as of now it's unclear how far Cutler is along in the process, but the audition proves he's definitely serious about the possibility of transitioning to the broadcast booth for a post-football career.

Last week Cutler's agent Bus Cook said, "as far as I know, he wants to play football and would play if the right offer came along."

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Cook declined to talk about Cutler's post-playing career.

"You'd have to talk to Jay about that," Cook told Garafolo. "Any football player would be smart to explore his options in case he doesn't play anymore. But Jay is as talented as any quarterback out there right now."

Culer, 34, was released by the Bears last March. Cutler appeared in five games last season and compiled 1,059 passing yards to go along with four touchdowns and five interceptions.