Jay Cutler joins Fox Sports: ‘I don’t know if retirement is the right word’ – Chicago Tribune
Jay Cutler’s playing days appear to be over. But his presence on TV on football Sundays will continue.
On Friday it became official that Cutler will now be launching his broadcast career, hired by Fox Sports to be a color analyst on a broadcast team that also includes Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis.
In a press release, Fox Sports president of production and executive producer spoke enthusiastically about Cutler’s hiring.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Jay to the Fox Sports family,” Entz said. “We’re very excited about the potential he brings to the booth and are looking forward to hearing his analysis during what is sure to be another great season of the NFL on Fox.”
Cutler’s time in Chicago ended in March when he was released by the Bears after eight seasons. His final season ended prematurely when he tore the labrum in his throwing shoulder during a 22-16 road loss to the Giants in Week 11.
Cutler’s final pass was an interception to thwart a potential game-winning drive, his 146th career interception and his 109th as Bear in 102 regular season starts.
Cutler left the Bears as the franchise’s all-time leader in most major passing categories including completions, passing yards and touchdown passes.
In January 2014, Cutler signed a seven-year extension with the Bears that included $54 million in guaranteed money. But after landing that lucrative new deal, the Bears spent the next three seasons in last place in NFC North. They were 11-24 in Cutler starts after that deal was signed.
The interest in Cutler on the free agent market was tepid at best this spring. And the 34-year-old quarterback has now decided to pursue a new road, bringing his insight to the airwaves.
Cutler is scheduled to appear on “Waddle and Silvy” at 3 p.m. Friday afternoon on WMVP-AM 1000. He has not spoken publicly since addressing reporters in a postgame press conference following that loss to the Giants on Nov. 20.
Cutler released a statement and spoke about the apparent end of his playing career. “I don’t know if retirement is the right word,” Cutler wrote. “I don’t feel that anyone ever really retires from the NFL. You are either forced to leave or you lose the desire to do what’s required to keep going. I’m in between those situations at this point in my life.”
Cutler later cited a quote he believed originated with Henry Rollins. Wrote the quarterback: “‘I did that, I gave everything I had to give to that. Now if I returned to that it would be repetition — it might be fun repetition, but it wouldn’t be meaningful repetition.’ Thank you to everyone along the way. You made my dream come true.”