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Bears release veteran QB Quinn

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (Feb. 22, 2005) -- The Chicago Bears released Jonathan Quinn, cutting the veteran quarterback loose after three ineffective starts.

The Bears signed Quinn last year, hoping he'd be a solid insurance policy in offensive coordinator Terry Shea's system. Quinn had been a reserve in Kansas City when Shea was the quarterbacks coach there, and knew Shea's complex system.

But Quinn, who became a starter after Rex Grossman suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third game of the season, was ineffective.

In five appearances -- three starts -- Quinn was 51 of 98 for 413 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. He was sacked 15 times, and had a quarterback rating of just 53.7. The Bears lost all three of his starts.

Quinn lost his starting job to rookie Craig Krenzel, and appeared in only one more game after that. Shea was fired after the season.

Quinn has appeared in 17 games in seven seasons with Jacksonville, Kansas City and Chicago, making six starts. He's completed 117 of his 223 career passes for 1,161 yards and four touchdowns while throwing seven interceptions.

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