With retirement ‘permanent,’ Jay Cutler ready to dive into TV analyst role – Chicago Tribune

Jay Cutler? A member of the media? Broadcasting NFL games as his first step after his playing days?

Even the 34-year-old quarterback wasn’t exactly doing backflips when the idea was floated to him last winter.

“When I first heard it,” Cutler said, “I was like, ‘There’s no way in hell I’m doing this. This is literally the last thing I want to do.’ “

But this is where Cutler suddenly stands, announced Friday by Fox Sports as a new color analyst for the network’s NFL coverage. Cutler will be mixed in with play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt and fellow analyst Charles Davis next season. And, as fate would have it, his first national on-air broadcast will come Aug. 27 near his current place of residence in Nashville, Tenn.