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God Help Us, Jay Cutler Will Do NFL TV Broadcasting For Fox [Updated]

By Stephen Gossett in News on May 4, 2017 6:41PM

Communications professional Jay Cutler shows off his skills / Getty Images / Photo: Jonathan Daniel

Update, 5/5:
It happened.

Cutler has signed a deal to provide color commentary for Fox Sports NFL television broadcasts. You'll be able to get your first taste of Cutler on the mic during the Bears' third exhibition game, on August 27.

Rather irritatingly, the former Bears QB apparently still hasn't officially retired from football, though. Gory details here, at ESPN.

You didn't think you were actually rid of him, did you, Bears fans?

Just when you thought it was safe to settle into a reliably Jay Cutler-free existence—aside from random news of Nashville relocations and bare-ass shots here and there, of course—now comes news that the preferred punching bag of Chicago Bears fans could be headed to a football TV broadcast near you. reports that Cutler has taken auditions with "at least one network in recent weeks; and ESPN reports the longtime Bears QB starter was in LA on April 27 to audition for the Fox broadcast, after analyst John Lynch disbanded to take the San Francisco 49ers general manager role.

Cutler in the booth or on the set strikes us as, shall we say, curious—given his highly meme-able disinterested demeanor and generally beige-paint-sample-esque personality. Prove us wrong, Jay!

Of course, Cutler technically isn't retired from pro football, but after the Bears released him following a rather moribund, injury-truncated 2016 season, teams seem to have as little interest in Cutler as many Chicago fans did.

Meanwhile, Chicago carries on with it's quarterback-controversy ways all the same, with the hoodwink that was the Mitchell Trubisky pick. Perhaps one day, Smokin' Jay (who does, it should be noted, hold all of the franchise's major passing records, if plenty of turnovers, too) will ultimately have the last laugh. I guess we might have to just stay tuned, as it were.