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Report: Jay Cutler said to be considering retirement

Amid rumors regarding what the Chicago Bears are going to do with Jay Cutler, reports suggest the quarterback may make speculation concerning his NFL future a moot point.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said Wednesday on “NFL Total Access” the 33-year-old Cutler may be considering retirement.

“(He’s) one of several veterans who are still considering whether they want to play, whether they want to not play, retire, walk away,” Rapoport said. “A lot of things in play here for Jay Cutler.”

The other players Rapoport was referring to were fellow thirty-something signal-callers Carson Palmer, Ben Roethlisberger and Tony Romo, per NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling.

Cutler’s future has been a fast-moving story line in recent days. Despite all the speculation, it’s unlikely the Bears will be able to swing a deal to unload Cutler, with his contract and cap hit numbers serving as arguably impassable roadblocks to any trade talks.

According to spotrac.com, Cutler’s cap hit is $16 million in 2017 and $17 million in 2018 per the terms of the seven-year, $126.7 million deal he signed with the Bears in 2014. Cutler’s contract still has four years remaining at a total of $72 million, although the entire $54 million in guaranteed money has been paid out.

The Bears reportedly will cut Cutler if the team is unable to trade him, and as noted, that doesn’t seem likely. In other words, the writing is probably on the wall and the Bears will be cutting Cutler loose.

Cutler will be playing at a far lower salary next season should he sign with another team. It’s also worth noting it’s not guaranteed he will be assured the starting job absent competition.

Cutler turns 34 in April and has played 11 NFL seasons. The information gleaned from this tweet from ESPN Stats & Info could help Cutler along in his decision as well, one way or another.