The highs and the lows: reflecting on Jay Cutler's career
- After being released by the Bears and subsequently not being signed by another team, QB Jay Cutler has chosen to go into a career in broadcasting. While he is still technically a free agent, the career move essentially indicates his retirement from the NFL.
- Not including seasons where he played less than 400 snaps (2006 and 2016), Cutler’s average grade per season was 78.1. Twice he finished in the top-ten for quarterback grades on the season, once each with the Broncos (2008) and Bears (2013).
- There are ten quarterbacks who have taken more snaps than Cutler since 2006. Of the ten, Cutler has the most negatively graded seasons overall, with five.
- Despite average play, Cutler did have a general positive effect on his receivers. A ‘Jay Cutler receiver’ graded among the top 15 wide receivers seven times throughout his career. In the same span, Tom Brady had six such occasions.
- In his highest graded season (2013), Jay achieved a PFF passer rating (accounting for dropped passes, throw aways, spikes, yards in the air) of 91.47, good for sixth best in the league.
- Having always been known for his arm strength, Jay Cutler likely finishes his 11-year career with a deep passing percentage of 38.5 percent.