Report: Jay Cutler considering broadcasting career, has auditioned for FOX

Report: Jay Cutler considering broadcasting career, has auditioned for FOX

Former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler may follow Tony Romo into the broadcast booth.

While no NFL teams have expressed serious interest in signing him as a starter this offseason, Cutler is exploring a career in broadcasting, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

According to Garafolo, Cutler's representatives have talked with network executives about TV roles.

ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson reported that Cutler flew out to Los Angeles and auditioned with FOX last week.

Garafolo states that as of now it's unclear how far Cutler is along in the process, but the audition proves he's definitely serious about the possibility of transitioning to the broadcast booth for a post-football career.

Last week Cutler's agent Bus Cook said, "as far as I know, he wants to play football and would play if the right offer came along."

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Cook declined to talk about Cutler's post-playing career.

"You'd have to talk to Jay about that," Cook told Garafolo. "Any football player would be smart to explore his options in case he doesn't play anymore. But Jay is as talented as any quarterback out there right now."

Culer, 34, was released by the Bears last March. Cutler appeared in five games last season and compiled 1,059 passing yards to go along with four touchdowns and five interceptions.

Top 10 NFL games on 2017 schedule

Top 10 NFL games on 2017 schedule

With the 2017 NFL schedule officially released, a look at a handful of games that are must-watch events or that could determine playoff scenarios in January of 2018:

Thursday, Sept. 7: Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots

The defending champs open their title defense with a Chiefs team that went 12-4 and won the AFC West last year. Kansas City had the AFC’s second-highest point differential at +78, but that was less than half of New England’s (+191) in 2016. The last time these two teams played was in the divisional round of the 2015 playoffs, with New England winning that, 27-20. 

Sunday, Sept. 17: Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons

A week after opening the season in Chicago against the Bears, Atlanta will play its first game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday Night Football against a Green Bay side it crushed, 44-21, in the NFC Championship Game in January. This could be an early battle for NFC supremacy or, at the least, an entertaining, high-scoring game. 

Sunday, Sept. 17: Dallas Cowboys at Denver Broncos

Can Dak Prescott do it again? The Cowboys sophomore quarterback will face a tough schedule this year, headlined by this trip to Denver to face a team that had the NFL’s fourth-best scoring defense (18.6 PPG) and best passing defense (5.8 yards/attempt) last year. 

Monday, Oct. 2: Washington Redskins at Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City’s 18 interceptions tied for the most in the NFL last year, while Kirk Cousins threw for 4,917 yards and 25 touchdowns. With Cousins likely to be on the open market after this season, he could set the tone for a rich contract with a strong performance against a top-level secondary in primetime here. 

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Sunday, Oct. 22: Atlanta Falcons at New England Patriots

This is only the seventh regular season rematch between the previous season’s Super Bowl participants in NFL history, though they’ve been oddly common in recent years: Denver beat Carolina last year, and in 2014, Seattle won in overtime against Denver. 

Monday, Nov. 20: Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks

The December Monday Night Football schedule is full of potential division-deciding matchups  (Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, New England at Miami, Atlanta at Tampa Bay) and overall, this year’s Monday night slate is strong. But this Falcons-Seahawks matchup in late November carries plenty of intrigue. These two teams met in the 2016 regular season, with Seattle making a fourth quarter comeback to win, 26-24. 

Monday, Dec. 11: New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins last year made the playoffs for the first time since 2008, and if they have any lofty designs on unseating the Patriots in the AFC East, this could be the game that does it. Miami lost their home game against New England last year by 21 points.

Sunday, Dec. 17: Dallas Cowboys at Oakland Raiders

Prescott against Derek Carr on Sunday Night Football, in what could be one of the last “big” games at Oakland Coliseum, should be one of the better cross-conference games of 2017. 

Sunday, Dec. 31: Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia’s offseason haul was headlined by adding Alshon Jeffery to pair with Carson Wentz, which could be a dangerous combination in the NFC East. if Dallas were to fall back to earth, circle this season-ending game as one that perhaps could decide the division. 

Sunday, Dec. 31: Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions

Green Bay ended last season at Ford Field, too, with their 31-24 win securing an NFC North title. If the division goes down to this game again, there’s some added intrigue given the Lions pulled T.J. Lang away from Green Bay in March with $19 million guaranteed — an awfully high price for a guard. 

Signing Mike Glennon widens 'best player available' option for Bears draft

Signing Mike Glennon widens 'best player available' option for Bears draft

By signing former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon, the Bears believe they have added a starter-grade quarterback to the roster. But the signing does not preclude the Bears from drafting a quarterback, and it does keep wide open the preferred draft option of “best player available” rather than drafting first for need.
 
With the starting-quarterback situation addressed, the Bears have the luxury of using a mid-round selection on a quarterback, the range where the Dallas Cowboys found Dak Prescott, the Seattle Seahawks found Russell Wilson and Washington found Kirk Cousins.

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Evaluations and projections of the 2017 quarterback class have been less than enthusiastic, although the only meaningful evaluation will play out in late April. Beyond the top four of Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer, Texas Tech's Pat Mahomes, North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky and Clemson's Deshaun Watson, a few quarterbacks could go after round one or early in round two (based on rankings via CBS Sports):
 
Brad Kaaya (Miami, 3rd round)
Nathan Peterman (Pitt, 4th round)
Davis Webb (Cal, 4th-5th round)
Jerod Evans (Virginia Tech, 5th-6th round)
Chad Kelly (Ole Miss, 7th round)

The Bears also could target the 2018 draft class, which may be headlined by USC's Sam Darnold and UCLA's Josh Rosen. But regardless of the Glennon signing and the 2018 options, the Bears are not expected to emerge from a third straight draft without a quarterback.

John Mullin contributed.