Report: Jay Cutler Expected to Retire from NFL Again

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This may seem like a familiar headline from last year, but quarterback Jay Cutler is retiring from the league again, according to Ian Rapoport. This comes after him retiring last year but coming back for the 2017 season to play for the Miami Dolphins. Assuming he stays retired this time, this will end a 12-season career for Cutler.

Jay Cutler Expected to Retire Again After 12 Seasons in NFL

Given a below average season last year in Miami and the apparent lack of interest this off-season, this announcement will probably come as little surprise to many. During Cutler’s career, he threw 227 touchdown passes and 160 interceptions and added nine rushing touchdowns to that total. Cutler was not considered a top quarterback during his career. However, he still lasted several years in due part to good physical talent. Ultimately, he did not always seem to give it his all, and durability issues did not help his career either. Still, he holds a lot of Chicago Bears passing franchise records, including passing touchdowns, passing yards, and completions. Thus, his career was not without high points.

Cutler was drafted in 2006 by the Denver Broncos, took over for Jake Plummer near the end of the season and remained the starter through 2007 and 2008, with the latter year giving him his lone Pro Bowl appearance. His Broncos years were better known for his rivalry at the time with Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (Chargers were still in San Diego then).

Following a coaching change in Denver, Cutler was traded to the Bears in 2009, where spent the vast majority of his career, and remained there until 2016. The 2010 season included his only playoff appearance, which actually included an NFC Championship appearance which was derailed by an injury during the game, forcing him to sit out.

This was a subject of much controversy that he never really escaped after the Bears lost that game. Cutler threw for 154 touchdowns during his Bears career, which as stated earlier is a franchise record. Despite this, he never played a full 16-game season in Chicago. This was mostly due to injuries, although he was also benched one season.

Cutler was released in 2017 by the Bears and initially retired but then agreed to a deal as a Fox Sports commentator. However, after Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill tore his ACL, head coach Adam Gase (a former offensive coordinator of Cutler’s) got him to come out of retirement. Cutler’s apparent last season was pedestrian at best, with 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

Cutler will end his career with a 74-79 win-loss record. While had a pretty decent number of touchdown passes in 12 years, much of his career will be looked as what could have been. Especially with Bears fans and that 2010 NFC Championship game. Although nothing has been confirmed yet, we may be seeing him in the commentator booth this year as he was set to do so last year before he returned to football, which is indeed an intriguing prospect.

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