There is little talk about quarterback Jay Cutler among NFL teams. After 11 seasons, he is still considering retirement, per league sources.
The career of Jay Cutler mimics a roller coaster. He holds many offensive records for the Chicago Bears, yet no player dealt with more scrutiny. The potential laid within his arm never materialized into what scouts and coaches hoped. Now, ESPN’s Roman Modrowski reports retirement is still an option.
Cutler was released by the Bears on March 9, 2017. Drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2006 draft, Cutler’s time in the NFL was marred by injury, or poor play. In his first game as a Bear, for example, he threw four interceptions versus the rival Green Bay Packers. For his career, he won 68 and lost 71 games in the regular season.
Cutler only tasted the playoffs once in his career. In 2010, the Bears completed a 11-5 season. qualifying as NFC Central Division champs. It was the same rollercoaster ride. In their first game, the Bears bested the Seattle Seahawks 35-24. The victory came on the arm and legs of Cutler. He finished the game going 15-28 with 274 yards, and four touchdowns (two rushing).
But the NFC Championship Game, again against the Green Bay Packers, was nothing short of abysmal. The quarterback completed only six passes, and the team lost 21-14 at Soldier Field.
The pursuit of Cutler has not generated any suitors, and there are plenty of teams that need a quarterback. After the retirement of Tony Romo, there was speculation that the Houston Texans would go after Cutler. That has yet to be proven. Other teams, such as the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns, could use a veteran leader in the pocket. Yet, neither have called Cutler.
There is still time. The NFL Draft is three weeks away and much can change. But, after a career of concussions and a surgically repaired labrum, retirement may be his best option.