Jay Cutler 'has never mentioned retirement to me,' agent says

An 11-year veteran, Cutler, who turns 34 Saturday, was released in March by the Bears after eight seasons in Chicago.

Veteran free-agent quarterback Jay Cutler does not intend to retire, his agent told ESPN on Tuesday.

"He never has mentioned retirement to me," agent Bus Cook said in a statement to Adam Schefter. "Jay Cutler, as far as I know, is ready to play and wants to play, and his skill set is as good as any quarterback in the league."

An 11-year veteran, Cutler, who turns 34 Saturday, was released in March by the Bears after eight seasons in Chicago. The way the seven-year, $126.7 million contract he signed with the Bears in 2013 was structured, it was the first opportunity the team had to cut ties with him without facing a huge salary cap hit.

When healthy, Cutler was productive for the Bears, setting almost every passing record in team history (including a dubious one of 109 interceptions in 102 regular-season games).

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He frequently has been hampered by injuries, most recently a thumb injury that sidelined him in 2016 and torn labrum that required surgery and ended his season in December. He played in only five games in 2016.

He led the Bears to only one playoff appearance in his eight seasons.

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