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Jay Cutler had no idea there was retirement paperwork, insists playing days are over

Jay Cutler had no idea there was retirement paperwork, insists playing days are over
Published On: Fri, Jun 23
Nov 20, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) runs with the ball against the New York Giants during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The careers of Brett Favre and Peyton Manning have made it very difficult to imagine talented quarterbacks like Tony Romo and Jay Cutler walking away from football before the game has dragged every last opportunity out of them. But Romo and Cutler really are gone, each stepping away from football to join the broadcasting game in 2017.

Romo is with the mothership here at CBS, while Cutler joined FOX Sports as an analyst. And each certainly still had opportunities, including a brief flirtation between Cutler and the Jets before he took the FOX job, which was vacated by now 49ers GM John Lynch.

Cutler, who was released by the Bears in March, has had people question whether he's retiring from the game because of his verbiage (Romo has gotten the same questions) when it comes to the decision, said recently that he didn't even know he had to file retirement paperwork in the first place.

And, he told Adam Schefter on the "Know Them From Adam" ESPN podcast, he'd like to do it, but hasn't been able to get his hands on it.

"Is there actual paperwork?" Cutler asked. "Someone send it to me, because I called the [NLFPA] and they acted like it didn't exist. They were like 'it's just your 401k and all this stuff' ... so [if] there's actual paperwork, someone send it to me, because I'm ready for all this."

There IS actual paperwork and it's really odd that the union would tell him there wasn't. Maybe he called the wrong number? Maybe he was transferred to the wrong department? Or maybe the union simply thinks that Cutler is going to come back at some point and doesn't want to deal with it until he is 100 percent done playing?

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