Cutler (shoulder) has been hired by FOX Sports to broadcast NFL games this season, Peter Schrager of FOX Sports reports. Cutler follows in the path of Tony Romo, eschewing the opportunity to continue his playing career in order to move into the broadcast booth. According to a statement released by Cutler, who parted ways with the Bears in March after requiring surgery to repair a torn labrum, he's in between being physically forced to leave the NFL and losing the desire required to remain successful in the league, thus explaining his decision to pursue a new career. Although the 34-year-old hasn't officially retired, Cutler's departure from the playing field comes after he was selected to one Pro Bowl in 11 seasons -- the last eight of which he spent in Chicago, where he became the Bears' franchise leader in completions, passing yards and touchdown passes.
According to his agent, Bus Cook, Cutler (shoulder) wants to continue playing football, Conor Orr of NFL.com reports. Cook noted, "He never has mentioned retirement to me. Jay Cutler, as far as I know, is ready to play and wants to play, and his skill set is as good as any quarterback in the league." Ever since his release from the Bears, rumors have been swirling that the former Pro Bowl quarterback will opt to hang up the cleats this offseason after drawing little interest from NFL teams, although it now appears as if retirement will be a last resort for the 33-year-old. Should he make a return, Cutler will have to prove he is fully recovered from shoulder surgery.
Retirement is a legitimate option for Cutler (shoulder) at this stage in the offseason, ESPN's Jeff Dickerson reports. After missing out on a possible deal with the Jets last month, Cutler has drawn little to no interest from any team in the league. Combined with the fact he's made over $100 million in his 11-season career and has been sacked over 300 times while suffering a plethora of injuries along the way, it certainly seems to be a logical time for Cutler to throw in the towel. However, it's also possible he could simply take a year off from football with the intention of re-gauging his value on the open market next offseason.
Cutler (shoulder) doesn't seem to be drawing much interest on the open market, NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports. Set to turn 34 on the final day of the upcoming draft, Cutler may be thinking about retirement or at least taking a year away from football. He probably doesn't want to accept a backup job or a gig with a rebuilding team, as he's already started 139 games while accumulating more than $100 million in career earnings. Cutler looks to be an upgrade over the current projected starters for a few teams -- namely the Browns, Texans and Broncos -- but those squads probably prefer to survey the draft before making a significant financial commitment to an injury-prone veteran who struggled in limited action last season. Cutler could even decide to wait until training camp, at which point an injury could open up another starting job. Houston looks like the best fit at the moment, but the team reportedly doesn't have any interest in signing Cutler.
Cutler (shoulder) may decide not to play in 2017, WGN's Adam Hoge reports. There are only a few franchises still in the market for starting quarterbacks, and most of those teams probably prefer to go in a younger direction. Cutler was scheduled to visit with the Jets before they signed Josh McCown, who was brought in to compete with Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. The Texans could be a fit if they don't acquire Tony Romo, but it was previously reported that Houston isn't interested in Cutler. With his 34th birthday coming up in April, the veteran signal-caller may ultimately decide to retire or take a year off. His shoulder likely will be healthy enough for him to pass a physical in the coming months, but his desire to play may be contingent upon having a clear path to a starting job.
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|2||09/17||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||19.81|
|4||09/29||@Green Bay Packers||30||23.05|
|8||10/29||@New Orleans Saints||24||21.31|
|10||11/12||Green Bay Packers||30||23.05|
|13||12/03||San Francisco 49ers||25||21.75|
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