After receiving minimal interest as a free agent, former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is contemplating a move into broadcasting. According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, Cutler and his representatives have talked to network executives about football-related TV roles, and at least one audition has taken place in recent weeks.
It’s unclear if Cutler is serious about making the jump or using the opportunity to develop relationships for the future. It can’t also be discounted that he’s leaking the interest in a TV role to drum up stronger interest from NFL teams who may be in need of a veteran quarterback.
Nonetheless, if Cutler follows in the footsteps of Tony Romo, it would be an interesting storyline to follow. Although he’s well-spoken and can be charming when he wants to be, Cutler’s relationship with the media throughout his career hasn’t exactly been warm and fuzzy.
Adding to his list of challenges will be convincing football fans to trust his analysis after being labeled a risk taker who makes poor on the field decisions. There are coaches who maintain that Cutler does have a sharp football IQ. Whether or not he can display that on camera and gain the trust of the audience is another story.