By Chris Emma–

(CBS) Former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is headed into the media world, as he’s been hired as an analyst by FOX, the network announced Friday.

Released by the Bears in March, Cutler was in Los Angeles recently for an audition before being hired officially. He’ll join the broadcast team of Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis, replacing John Lynch, who was hired as general manager of the 49ers.

Cutler sent an eloquent statement to Jeff Darlington of ESPN.

The 33-year-old Cutler, whose birthday was last week, hasn’t yet officially filed retirement papers. He was looking for the opportunity to start, and most jobs have been filled through free agency and the draft. Cutler hasn’t even been linked to an opportunity on the market.

While Cutler never had the most engaging personality with the media during his career, much of that was a concerted effort and shouldn’t discount his ability to provide personality and insight in the booth.

Cutler could find an opportunity leading a team, but as of now he seems to be headed into broadcasting.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670 and like his Facebook page.

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