QJay Cutler
QB FA
2 months ago

Cutler (shoulder) has been hired by FOX Sports to broadcast NFL games this season, Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cutler follows in the path of Tony Romo in 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.

QJay Cutler
QB FA
2 months ago1 Comment

According Cutler's (shoulder) agent, Bus Cook, the quarterback 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."

EDGE Analysis

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, he will have to prove he is full recovered from shoulder surgery.

QJay Cutler
QB FA
2 months ago

Retirement is a legitimate option for Cutler (shoulder) at this stage in the offseason, ESPN's Jeff Dickerson reports.

EDGE Analysis

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, has been sacked over 300 times and suffered 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 intentions of re-gauging his value on the open market next offseason.

QJay Cutler
QB FA
3 months ago

Cutler (shoulder) doesn't seem to be drawing much interest on the open market, NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports.

EDGE Analysis

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 on 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.

QJay Cutler
QB FA
3 months ago

Cutler (shoulder) may decide not to play in 2017, WGN's Adam Hoge reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

QJay Cutler
QB FA
3 months ago

The Texans are not believed to have any interest in Cutler, who was scheduled to visit with the Jets until the team signed Josh McCown, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

EDGE Analysis

With New York and possibly Houston off the table, Cutler is running out of potential landing spots that would give him a clear path to a starting job. A return to Denver might be an option, but it seems more likely the Broncos will just move forward with their young quarterbacks -- Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian -- if they don't acquire Tony Romo. It probably wouldn't be hard for Cutler to find work as a well-compensated backup, but it's unclear if he'd be amenable to such a situation. Houston's lack of interest in Cutler may stem from a belief that the team will land Romo.

QJay Cutler
QB FA
4 months ago1 Comment

Cutler (shoulder) and the Jets have mutual interest in each other, NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cutler was linked to the Jets even before he was released by Chicago, as it's widely assumed the 33-year-old quarterback will target his best shot at a starting job. With a current QB group of Bryce Petty (shoulder), Geno Smith (knee) and Christian Hackenberg, the Jets have a clear need for a veteran signal-caller to provide some stability while they figure out their future at the position.

QJay Cutler
QB FA
4 months ago2 Comments

Cutler (shoulder) was granted his release from the Bears, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran QB, who is bouncing back from surgery on a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder on Dec. 3, will now be free to sign elsewhere. Cutler's inevitable departure from the Bears was cemented by the team's deal with fellow QB Mike Glennon. Per Schefter, the Jets could consider bringing Cutler into the mix, but if they don't pursue him, the soon-to-be 34 year-old signal-caller figures to find limited options in free agency.

QJay Cutler
QB FA
4 months ago

Cutler (shoulder) is expected to be healthy enough to pass a physical in March, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Since undergoing surgery on a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder on Dec. 3, Cutler has been committed to rehabilitation. Along the way, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reported in early January that Cutler was ahead of schedule in his recovery effort, and Rapoport's sources lend credence to the situation. More pressing for Cutler is where he'll be suiting up in 2017. The Bears have opened trade talks for the 11-year veteran, but the fact that Cutler has no guaranteed money in his current contract could complicate matters if his landing spot is unsatisfactory. By all accounts, though, he's played his last down as a member of the Bears.

QJay Cutler
QB FA
4 months ago

The Bears have started to explore potential trades for Cutler, Jeff Darlington of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cutler suffered a sprained thumb in Week 2, forcing five consecutive absences. Only Brian Hoyer's broken left forearm in Week 7 allowed Cutler another chance to operate under center, but he made three more appearances before requiring season-ending surgery to repair the labrum in his right shoulder. If he's indeed getting shopped, he mustered four touchdowns versus five interceptions, while completing 59 percent of his passes in his age-33 campaign. Because he has no guaranteed money remaining on his contract, the Bears may have difficulty unloading Cutler in a less-than-inspiring locale, as he could opt to "sit out or retire," per Darlington. No matter how the situation unfolds, Cutler's time in Chicago has almost certainly come to a close.