Former Chicago Bears signal caller Jay Cutler accepted a color commentator role with Fox Sports that effectively ends his 11-year career in the NFL.
Cutler said the decision was permanent and he did not see anything more happening. He added that he was happy where he was in life and for the future moving forward so that makes this decision permanent.
Cutler, who is 34, will begin in a booth of three working alongside Kevin Burkhardt a play-play announcer and Charles Davis an analyst. This will allow Cutler to become adjusted in the way it did Troy Aikman when he started his broadcasting career back in 2002.
It is not known if Cutler’s contract with Fox has a clause that would give him the opportunity to leave if any quarterback job offer came along, although Fox has a history of including those clauses in their contracts.
For example, Brady Quinn briefly left his Fox role during 2014 to attend a training camp with the Miami Dolphins, something the contract he signed allowed for, prior to returning later to the network with a clause that was equal to the first in a new deal.
On April 27, Cutler was in Los Angeles to audition with Burkhardt.
On Friday, Cutler released his own statement after Fox had made his contract official.
His statement said that words could not express the gratitude he had for everyone who helped him along his journey. He said he began playing football at 10 and has supportive parents, great coaches and more during his journey.
He then thanked his parents, sisters, wife and children.
Fox has had a search on for another analyst to work with Burkhardt due to John Lynch leaving during the offseason to become the general manager for the San Francisco 49ers.
The knowledge Cutler has of the NFC, following eight years playing for the Bears, should be a big asset for Fox since the network broadcasts NFC games. He will premiere on Fox August 27 at the third preseason game for the Bears.
Cutler, who was released March 9 by Chicago, had spoken with the Houston Texans and New York Jets prior to the NFL draft, but those talks did not go anywhere, said sources.
Cutler is the second high-profile former quarterback to head to the broadcast booth from the playing field this offseason. Tony Romo the former star with the Dallas Cowboys signed with CBS in April.