Jay Cutler auditioned with Fox Sports to possibly replace John Lynch as one of their analysts.
It appears that Jay Cutler is one step closer to retirement. Despite a report from his agent that he still wants to play football in 2017, it looks like the former Chicago Bears’ quarterback may be thinking more and more about life after football.
John Lynch was Fox’s number two analyst last year behind Troy Aikman, but has left to be the general manager of the San Francisco 49ers. After CBS made a splash with Tony Romo, Fox has been lying in the weeds trying to figure out how to tweak their broadcast pairings with Lynch out.
Before the draft, we discussed the fact that Cutler going to the television booth was gaining momentum. Clearly at this point, if Cutler performed well at the audition, the position at Fox is going to be his if he wants it.
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It definitely appears that Cutler is leaning towards retirement at this point. Anyone who has followed Cutler this offseason knows that he wants to start for a good football team. With the Houston Texans going with Tom Savage and Deshaun Watson, that option is basically closed at this point so Cutler is almost certainly going to lean towards retirement.
Cutler is known for his pouty, sourpuss attitude on the field, but Cutler has a sneaky personality that many people don’t know exists. Most of his teammates love him and talk about his tremendous sense of humor. Just because Cutler doesn’t put it on display too often in public, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
That combined with Cutler’s intelligence and football IQ would potentially be an excellent recipe to become a very solid analyst for Fox. Cutler and his wife, Kristin Cavallari, would then have the option to move wherever they want to help her career and Cutler can fly out to his game of the week Friday through Sunday.
It really is the perfect scenario for Jay’s life and one that he clearly is carefully considering. Cutler analyzing a Bears football game would be fascinating. His opportunity could come as early as week one when the Bears face the Atlanta Falcons, but they wouldn’t put that kind of pressure on him immediately.
If Cutler does indeed grab Fox’s number two analyst spot, the first time he would have a Bears game would probably be week six against the Baltimore Ravens. (Aikman would handle Packers/Vikings that week and Chicago vs Baltimore is probably the next most marquee game).
Regardless, it’s something to watch and we might have an answer on Jay Cutler’s future sooner rather than later.