After walking away from Fox’s No. 2 NFL announcing team five years ago, Jay Cutler wants to get back into broadcasting.
Front Office Sports’ Michael McCarthy reports that Cutler is interested in any of the NFL analyst positions that might be available, whether at Fox, Amazon, or any of the league’s other TV partners. If Apple has an opening, he’d like to talk about that as well. According to McCarthy, Cutler’s agents have floated his name to several outlets.
Cutler was set to be on Fox’s No. 2 broadcast team with play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt and fellow analyst Charles Davis in a three-man booth for the 2017 season. But shortly before the season, he decided to sign a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins instead, closing the door on broadcasting.
(Back then, broadcasters weren’t earning $18 million per season. Cutler signed with Miami for $10 milion.)
“I was in a period of my life where the kids were young,” Cutler told McCarthy. “I didn’t want to get back into that schedule of Friday-Saturday-Sunday-Monday-gone. But now things have calmed down for me. My kids are a little bit older and in a better place.”
Fox very likely won’t be considering the former Chicago Bears quarterback for its top analyst position, whether that’s alongside Joe Buck or Burkhardt, who would likely be elevated to the top play-by-play gig if Buck leaves for ESPN. Though Fox could still hire someone else for that analyst role, the expectation is that Greg Olsen would move to the No. 1 crew.
Maybe Cutler could then reunite with Burkhardt on Fox’s No. 2 crew? The possibility can’t be ruled out, but it’s not clear if Fox executives and producers hold a grudge against Cutler for spurning the network five years ago.
Is it possible that Cutler’s profile is higher with a mainstream audience because of his appearances on ex-wife Kristin Cavallari’s reality show, Very Cavallari? Maybe, in addition to his podcast and lifestyle company Outsider. Among football fans, however, Cutler was probably a hotter name five years ago after he (briefly) retired from the NFL.
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