McQuarters, who signed a $21 million contract extension with the
Bears in January 2002 that ran through 2006, was acquired by the
Bears in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers in 2000.
In five seasons in Chicago, McQuarters played in 47 of 72 games and had 295 tackles and nine interceptions. Last season, he showed his versatility when he
switched from cornerback to safety and returned punts.
During the last two seasons, McQuarters returned 81 punts for 887 yards and two touchdowns.
"After exploring trade opportunities with R.W., we felt it was
in everybody's best interest to release him at this time," general
manager Jerry Angelo said in a statement. "We respect and
appreciate his accomplishments as a Bear and wish him well."
McQuarters played college football at Oklahoma State from 1995
to 1997 and holds the school's season records with 27 kickoff
returns and 645 kickoff return yards.