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Jay Cutler Hired as Analyst by Fox Sports

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2017

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 27:  Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears Illinois State Redbirds seen on the sideliens during a game against the Tennessee Titans
at Soldier Field on November 27, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Like Tony Romo, Jay Cutler is headed to the broadcast booth.

According to Fox Sports' Peter Schrager, the former Chicago Bears quarterback will join Fox as a color commentator in a three-man booth with Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis next season. 

Burkhardt, Davis and Cutler will comprise Fox's No. 2 broadcast team behind Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. 

ESPN's Jeff Darlington noted that going to a three-man booth made the most sense for Cutler, since it would keep the door propped open for a return to the field if an "ideal team" has a sudden need for a stopgap signal-caller.

Kevin Burkhardt of Fox Sports told Adam Schein on Sirius XM that Cutler's first game will be a Bears-Titans preseason game on Aug. 27, per Mad Dog Sports Radio

Cutler later released a statement to Darlington explaining why he's stepping away from the gridiron for the time being: 

Jeff Darlington @JeffDarlington

From Jay Cutler on his decision to head to the broadcast booth: https://t.co/NF1kqqGz05

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Cutler had talks with the Jets and Texans prior to taking the Fox job.

Cutler has not formally filed retirement papers—a move his agent said he had no plans to make.

"Jay wants to play football," Bus Cook said April 25, according to Schefter. "He never has mentioned retirement to me. Jay Cutler, as far as I know, is ready to play and wants to play, and his skill set is as good as any quarterback in the league."

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