Jay Cutler, (not) known as Mr. Media, has left one Fox for another, accepting a role as an analyst for FOX Sports, effectively putting an end to his 11-year NFL career.
Will he ever lace up his cleats again?
Cutler said the decision was permanent.
“I don’t really see anything else happening,” Cutler said on ESPN 1000’s Waddle and Silvy Show on Friday. “I’m happy with where I am in my life and in the future going forward. So we can go ahead and stamp that — it’s permanent.” – Jay Cutler
Jay will join Tony Romo in the small group of quarterbacks to go from being under center to a broadcasting booth. Neither man has experience with a headset on the professional level.
Cutler’s name was thrown around between multiple teams to take control of the offense as a starting QB during the off-season, according to NFL reports. Not known as an injury-prone quarterback, the last 5 games of his career were not very memorable. He was held out because of thumb and shoulder problems.
It would not be surprising to see an NFL team tempt him out of retirement, though.
After all, there is money to be spent and there’s no contract too large this day and age.
In my opinion, the people upstairs were getting tired of the mediocrity of the Chicago Bears as a whole during their stretch of 2011-to-current of missing out on playoff action, something upper management never wants to see.
With 9 wins in 2 seasons and 14 in 3 seasons, it was time to make a change.
Jay has never really endeared himself to Bears fans, many of whom have been calling for his removal from under center (and in other cases, the team) for the majority of his career. A man who has looked downright miserable at times will be providing “color” commentary to the subjects of FOX Sports, and I for one am looking forward to how Cutler will burst onto the broadcasting scene. After all, I wouldn’t want to go back to the situation known as “The Bears” and can see him doing everything he can to hold on to this golden opportunity of a job I someday wish to have. Good luck.