CHICAGO, IL — In what’s likely a dream come true for many die-hard fans, the Chicago Bears will release veteran quarterback Jay Cutler after eight seasons in which he was more often the team’s goat and not its GOAT (Greatest Of All Time), despite holding a handful of franchise records, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

And apparently Bears fans won’t be spending the weeks between now and training camp wondering who will replace Cutler under center. Chicago is expected to sign Tampa Bay Buccaneers backup quarterback Mike Glennon to a three-year deal.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Glennon’s contract is for $45 million, and according to the Sun-Times, the deal is only worth $19 million in guaranteed money. The signing is expected later Thursday, after the NFL’s new year begins at 3 p.m., the Sun-Times reports.

In his career with the Bucs, which started in 2013, Glennon has played in 21 games, starting 18. But his last starts were in the 2014 season. He didn’t see snaps as a backup in 2015, and he only played in two games last season.

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While fans might be cautious at Glennon’s signing, most are likely ecstatic to see Chicago part ways with Cutler, a quarterback Bears-backers have loved to hate. The team picked up Cutler in a 2009 trade with the Denver Broncos, and in eight seasons, he posted a 51-51 record as the starter and is the team’s leader in passing and touchdown passes.

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But Cutler suffered from a reputation — true or not — that he lacked the competitive fire needed for a leader in the locker room, a quality that is synonymous with the quarterback position in today’s NFL. The perception that his burning desire to win had been extinguished — if it had ever been ignited in the first place — gained traction when interviews with about a dozen former Bears coaches, teammates and staffers revealed that none of them thought Chicago could win with Cutler as quarterback.

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Soon-to-be-former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (photo via Patch archives)

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