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Former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler retires, joins FOX Sports

The long-time Lions rival quarterback is done in the NFL.

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It’s been a rough offseason for Jay Cutler. The Chicago Bears released the veteran quarterback in early March and then did all they could to erase his memory from the locker room. First, they overpaid for a mediocre free agent. Then, for good measure, they wildly overpaid to move up a single spot in the draft to grab another quarterback.

Then after weeks of no interest in free agency, Cutler—via his wife’s Instagram (NSFW)—shot the moon to the entire league.

It didn’t get any better for Cutler when the draft rolled around. There were rumors that Cutler was desperately calling the Houston Texans’ war room and they were straight up ignoring his calls—although the Texans general manager denies those rumors.

Either way, it has been a rough couple months for Cutler, and as a result it appears he is welcoming the embrace of retirement from the NFL. As first reported by FOX Sports’ Peter Schrager, Cutler has signed with FOX Sports to be part of their broadcast team.

Shortly thereafter, Cutler released a statement about the move:

Cutler has long been a foe of the Detroit Lions. In his 14 career games against the Lions, he went 7-7, completing 62.6 percent of his passes for 20 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He’ll retire as a one-time Pro Bowler and the Bears’ all-time leader in passing yards, touchdowns and passer rating (minimum 400 attempts).