Jay Cutler is a retired American football quarterback who has had a 12 season professional career in the National Football League. After playing college football at Vanderbilt University, Cutler was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 2006 NFL Draft, finishing 11th overall. He played three seasons with the Broncos before joining the Chicago Bears in 2009, the longest period of his career. The veteran quarterback announced his retirement after the 2016 NFL season but retired in August 2017 to play for the Miami Dolphins in the 2017 season.
Jay Cutler of NFL Bio
Jay Christopher Cutler was born on April 29, 1983, in Santa Claus, Indiana. He attended Heritage Hills High School in Lincoln City, Indiana. During his time with the Patriots, the school’s soccer team, Jay played both security and quarterback positions. The highlight of his high school career was his senior year when he helped the school achieve a 15-0 overall score and also won the 3A State Championship, the first in the school’s history. His brilliant performance earned him the first All-State First Team selection.
Cutler started in all 45 games during his 4-year college career and never missed a game due to injury. As a rookie, he ran over 393 yards, the highest of any quarterback in the Southeastern Conference, and also set a school record for touchdowns (9) and stormy yards by a rookie. Because of his performance, he was inducted into the first team of first graders in the All-SEC. He was in top form throughout his career, with his performance finally peaking in his final season (2005). He completed 273 passes over 3,073 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions, making him only the second player in Vanderbilt Commodores history to throw over 3,000 yards in a single season. He ended the season with a school record and a conference lead of 3,288 yards in the overall offense. His performances earned him a selection of the first team in the All-SEC and he was also named SEC Offensive Player of the Year 2005.
By the end of his four-year career with the Vanderbilt Commodores, Jay Cutler had established records for the overall offense (9,953 yards), touchdown passes (59), pass yards (8,697), completed passes (710), passing attempts (1,242), and combined touchdowns (76) in his school career. When he entered the NFL Draft in 2006, he was ranked third in all quarterback prospects and was awarded 11th place in the first round by the Denver Broncos.
As a rookie, Jay Cutler began the 2006 NFL season as the second quarterback on the Denver Bronco’s deep rankings but was eventually announced as the team’s quarterback mid-season. He participated in a total of 5 games and finished with a 2-3 record, passing 81 of 137 passes over 1,001 yards, scoring 9 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
The 2007 NFL season was Cutler’s first full season as quarterback for the Broncos. He started in all 16 appearances of the season, scoring 297 of 467 (63.6%) for 3,497 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. He also recorded 44 rushes for 205 yards (4.7 yards per carry) and one touchdown. The talented player improved his performance in the 2008 season and finished with the best records of his career: 384 passes (384), 616 passes (616), 4,526 yards (4,526), 25 pass touchdowns (25), 18 interceptions (18), 57 rushes (57) and 2 rush touchdowns (2). He had eight 300-yard passes this season, the best in the team’s history, and he also set the Broncos’ single-season record for straight passes, finishes, and passing attempts. He was nominated for the 2009 Pro Bowl, the only Pro Bowl selection of his career.
Jay Cutler joined the Chicago Bears in April 2009. In his first season with the Bears, the NFL star ended his career with a pass rating of 76.8 for 3,666 yards and also scored 27 touchdowns and 26 interceptions, leading the league. He showed similar performance in 2010 when he finished with 3,274 passing yards, 23 touchdowns, 16 interceptions, and 232 rush yards. However, due to injury, he was limited to only 10 games in the 2011 season and for the 2011 season, he had 2,319 passing yards, 13 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions.
For the 2012 season, Cutler recorded a score of 81.3 passers-by for 3,033 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions in 15 games. He became the absolute leader of the Chicago Bears in both passer-by scores (81.9) and finishes (1,034). His 2013 season was marred by an injury that left him with only 11 games to play, finishing 224 out of 355 for 2,621 yards, 19 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and the best passerby rating in his career (89.2). In the 2014 season, he completed 370 of 561 passes for 3,812 yards, with 28 career-level touchdowns and 18 interceptions as the best player in the league.
Jay Cutler experienced one of the best seasons of his career in 2015, scoring 3,629 passes for 3,812 yards, 21 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and the best passers-by rating (92.3) and completion rate (64.4) in his career. However, in the 2016 season, which turned out to be his last season with the Chicago Bears, he was plagued by injuries. In 5 appearances he recorded 1,059 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, and a passer-by rating of 78.1. In March 2017 he was dismissed from the team and two months later he announced his retirement from the sport.
Following his resignation in August 2017, Cutler moved to the Miami Dolphins after the team’s quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, suffered an end-of-season injury. He played 14 games with the Dolphins in the 2017 season, finishing with 2,666 passes, 19 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.
The wife of Jay Cutler is none other than the reality TV star, fashion designer, and actress Kristen Cavallari. The duo got together in the fall of 2010 and less than a year later they became engaged. They broke off their engagement after a while, reconciled at the end of 2011, and finally entered into a marriage on June 7, 2013, in Nashville, Tennessee. This famous couple has taken in 3 children so far. Their son Camden Jack was born in August 2012 and their daughters Jaxon Wyatt and Saylor James were born in May 2014 and November 2015 respectively.
Net Worth and Salary
Jay Cutler had an illustrious professional career spanning a decade and is undeniably one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. He has an estimated net worth of $50 million, much of which he accumulated through his career earnings. Cutler’s most recent NFL contract was his $10 million annual contracts with the Miami Dolphins with a base salary of $5,000,000 for the 2017 season.