Former Dolphins QB Cutler: Not ‘100%’ retired, but ‘probably’

Jay Cutler has played in the NFL for 12 years. (Reuters pic)

NASHVILLE: Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler left the door slightly open to return for a 13th NFL season, but said he is “probably” done playing football.

On the most recent episode of “Very Cavallari”, a reality show featuring Cutler’s wife Kristin Cavallari, Cutler was asked by his wife if he thinks he’s “100% done with football.”

“Well, I mean I can’t say 100,” he replied. “Probably.”

Asked when he’ll know for sure, Cutler said “September,” referring to the start of the NFL season.

NFL Network reported in April that Cutler was expected to retire for the second consecutive off-season and potentially be involved in Cavallari’s show, or go into broadcasting. There have been no reports of teams interested in signing Cutler, who is a free agent.

Cutler, 35, agreed to join Fox as an NFL game analyst in May of 2017, a few months after being released by the Chicago Bears, and called his retirement “permanent” at the time. The network planned to have him form a three-man booth with play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt and analyst Charles Davis on Fox’s #2 team.

But after Ryan Tannehill required season-ending knee surgery in August, Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, who coached Cutler in Chicago, coaxed the quarterback to join the Dolphins for 2018 on a one-year, US$10 million (RM41 million) deal.

Cutler went on to start 14 games for Miami, throwing for 2,666 yards (career-low 6.2 yards per attempt), 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions while going 6-8 as a starter.

The 12-year veteran has started 153 career games for the Denver Broncos, Bears, and Dolphins, going 74-79 while throwing for 35,133 yards, 227 touchdowns, and 160 interceptions. Taken 11th overall in 2006, Cutler went to one Pro Bowl (2008) and helped the 2010 Bears to the NFC Championship Game.