Fox Sports has hired NFL quarterback Jay Cutler to join its broadcast team.
The former Bears quarterback is set to join Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis in the broadcast booth for the 2017 season, according to Fox's Peter Schrager. Burkhardt’s partner last season was John Lynch, who was hired this winter as the general manager of the 49ers.
Cutler released a statement on Friday through Fox Sports.
"I don't know if retirement is the right word; I don't feel that anyone ever really retires from the NFL," Cutler said. "You are either forced to leave, or you lose the desire to do what's required to keep going. I'm in between those situations at this point in my life."
In an interview with ESPN 1000’s “Waddle & Silvy” Friday afternoon, Cutler was more definitive that his playing days are over.
Cutler is the second prominent NFL quarterback to take a broadcast job this off-season, with Tony Romo also joining CBS. NFL.com’s Mike Garafolo reported Thursday that Cutler had auditioned for TV jobs.
Cutler, 34, is a free agent after being released by the Bears in March and has not attracted much attention on the open market, though Cutler’s agent, Bus Cook, told Garafolo that Cutler is still interested in playing football.
Cutler started just five games for the Bears last season, with the team going 1–4 in those games. Cutler has played 11 NFL seasons, including the last eight in Chicago.