For the past eight seasons, the Bears have been led at the quarterback position by Jay Cutler, a former 11th overall pick of the Denver Broncos in the 2006 NFL Draft. In 102 career games with the Bears, Cutler posted a record of 51-51 and recorded 208 touchdowns and 146 interceptions. He had a disappointing, injury-plagued campaign in 2016 and was released by the team following the season. Rather than seek a contract with another team, Cutler will transition to a new role in the sport as a color commentator for Fox Sports beginning in the 2017 season.
The Indiana native will join veteran broadcasters Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis for Fox broadcasts. Coincidentally, the first game he is scheduled to work is an August 27 pre-season game between the Tennessee Titans and the Bears, his former team.