Jay Cutler is a retired American football quarterback who had a 12 season long professional career in the National Football League. After playing college football at Vanderbilt University, Cutler was ranked 11th overall in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. He played 3 seasons with the Broncos before joining the Chicago Bears in 2009 for the longest stint of his career. The veteran quarterback announced his retirement after the 2016 NFL season. However, he came out of retirement in August 2017 to play for the Miami Dolphins in 2017.
NFL Bio’s Jay Cutler
Jay Christopher Cutler was born on April 29, 1983, in Santa Claus, Indiana. He attended Heritage Hills High School in Lincoln City, Indiana. Jay played both safety and quarterback during his stint with the school football team, the Patriots. The highlight of his high school career was his senior year in which he helped the school go 15-0 and clinch the 3A league title, the first in school history. His brilliant performance earned him a first-team all-star selection.
Cutler has started in all 45 games during his 4 year college career and he hasn’t missed a game due to injury. As a freshman, he racked up 393 yards, the most among any Southeastern Conference quarterback, and also set a school record for touchdowns (9) and rushing yards per a freshman. His performance earned him a freshman All-SEC freshman selection. He remained in top form throughout his career, with his performance peaking during his senior season (2005). He completed 273 passes for 3,073 yards, 21 touchdowns and 9 interceptions, becoming the second player in Vanderbilt Commodores history to throw for more than 3,000 yards in a single season. He finished the season with a school record and a total conference lead of 3,288 yards. His performance earned him selection to the All-SEC First Team and he was also named the 2005 SEC Offensive Player of the Year.
By the end of his 4-year career with the Vanderbilt Commodores Jay Cutler, he had set school career records in offense (9,953 yards), touchdown passes (59), passing yards (8,697 ), completions (710), pass attempts (1,242) and touchdowns combined (76). Entering the 2006 NFL Draft, he was ranked third among all quarterback prospects and was drafted in the first round by the Denver Broncos with the eleventh pick.
As a rookie, Jay Cutler started the 2006 NFL season as the second quarterback on the Denver Bronco’s depth card, but was eventually announced as the team’s starting quarterback midway through the season. He played 5 games and finished with a 2-3 record, 81 of 137 passes on 81 attempts for 1,001 yards, 9 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
The 2007 NFL season marked Cutler’s first full season as the Bronco’s starting quarterback. He started in all 16 games on the season and scored 297 of 467 (63.6%) for 3,497 yards, 20 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He also recorded 44 carries for 205 yards (4.7 yards per carry) and a touchdown. The talented player improved his performance during the 2008 season finishing with career highs in passes (384), pass attempts (616), yards passing (4,526), touchdowns (25), interceptions (18) and rushing tries (57) and rushing touchdowns (2). He had eight 300-yard passing games, the best in team history. He also set the Broncos single-season record for assists, completions and attempts.
Jay Cutler was traded to the Chicago Bears in April 2009. In his first season with the Bears, the star NFL player had a passing rating of 76.8 for 3,666 yards. He also recorded a league-leading 27 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. He had a similar performance in 2010, with 3,274 passing yards, 23 touchdowns, 16 interceptions and 232 rushing yards. However, he was limited to 10 games in the 2011 season due to injury. For the season, he had 2,319 passing yards, 13 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
For the 2012 season, Cutler recorded 81.3 passing for 3,033 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 15 games. He became the Chicago Bears’ all-time leader in passer rating (81.9) and completions (1,034). His 2013 season was marred by an injury that saw him play 11 games with 224/355 for 2,621 yards, 19 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a passer record of 89.2. For the 2014 season, he completed 370 of 561 passes for 3,812 yards, with a career-best 28 total and a homer-leading 18 interceptions.
Jay Cutler had one of the best seasons of his season In 2015, he had 3,629 passing yards, 21 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and a best performance in passer rating (92.3) and completion percentage (64 ,4). However, he was hit by injuries in 2016, his final season with the Chicago Bears. In 5 appearances, he recorded 1,059 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, 5 interceptions and a 78.1 rating. He was released by the team in March 2017 and two months later announced his retirement from the sport.
Coming out of retirement in August 2017, Cutlera joined the Miami Dolphins after team quarterback Ryan Tannehill was injured late in the season. He played 14 games with the Dolphins in 2017 and had 2,666 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Net Worth and Salary
Jay Cutler had an illustrious professional career that spanned over ten years and is easily one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. He has an estimated net worth of $50 million, much of which he has amassed in career earnings. Cutler’s last contract with the NFL was his one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins, worth $10 million, with a base salary of $5,000,000 for the 2017 season.
Jay Cutler’s wife is none other than reality TV star, fashion designer and actress Kristen Cavallari. The duo reunited in the fall of 2010 and, less than a year later, they got engaged. They called off their engagement after some time, reconciled in late 2011, and ended up getting married on June 7, 2013, in Nashville, Tennessee. This famous couple has already welcomed 3 children. 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.