Former Bronco Jay Cutler to join Fox broadcasting team for NFL games

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"Cutler follows in the footsteps of Tony Romo, who recently replaced Phil Simms at CBS", The Sporting News notes. Romo has supplanted Phil Sims on CBS as lead analyst and will call National Football League games with Jim Nance for the network's A-Team. "If it's going downhill, I really don't see any reason to play the kid".

Fox Sports has allowed language in contracts for its talent to return to the field in the past.

Fox Sports officially announced the hire on Friday. Cutler opted for analyst role.

"I don't feel that anyone ever really retires from the NFL". "You are either forced to leave, or you lose the desire to do what's required to keep going".

With John Lynch being named general manager of the 49ers, Fox has been looking for a color analyst to join its No. 2 team with Kevin Burkhardt. The draft has passed and no team has an obvious need for Cutler. He still should have productive seasons left as a quarterback, even after just undergoing shoulder surgery.

Cutler's final pass was an interception to thwart a potential game-winning drive, his 146th career interception and his 109th as Bear in 102 regular season starts.

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Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase — Chicago's offensive coordinator in 2015 — said he's not surprised by the move. Trubisky is only the second quarterback taken by the Bears in the top 10, joining Super Bowl XX champion Jim McMahon, and the first Bears quarterback drafted in Round 1 since Rex Grossman (2003). They all said no thanks. That's not exactly a Joe Montana vs. Steve Young in-house quarterback duel. However, Romo had a much more amicable relationship with the media during his time as a member of the Dallas Cowboys, while Cutler became known for his seemingly distant personality that sparked "Jay Cutler Don't Care" and "Smokin' Jay Cutler" memes.

Colin Kaepernick now remains out of work, biding his time to see what - if anything - comes along.

Still, Cutler was released by the Bears in March after 8 seasons in the Windy City.

Money could be the primary issue on why Cutler is still available in free agency.

Cutler's agent, Bus Cook, would not confirm whether his client is seriously considering a TV career. You probably have to go back to Dan Marino to find a [first-year quarterback] that was thrown into the fire and asked to throw the ball 30-40 times per game to win.