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Agent: Jay Cutler isn't retiring, 'wants to play football'

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Jay Cutler isn't done with the NFL yet.

That's the word from Cutler's agent, Bus Cook, who did his best to swat down retirement rumors with a statement to ESPN on Tuesday.

"Jay wants to play football," Cook told ESPN. "He never has mentioned retirement to me. 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."

With just two days remaining before the start of Thursday's draft in Philadelphia, it was probably as good a time as any to remind teams that a serviceable, one-time Pro Bowler with 32,467 passing yards, a positive TD-to-INT ratio and a career completion percentage above 60 is still out there and interested.

The Bears pivoted to Mike Glennon instead while the Jets opted for Josh McCown and the 49ers signed Brian Hoyer. Initially, this was a quarterback market deemed too grim to ignore Cutler. However, he is still waiting for his next opportunity.

This week could provide some clarity for Cutler. While training camp is another hurdle and quarterbacks are not exempt from the injury bug, seeing whether or not a few teams needy at the position opt for a passer in the draft could provide an indication of Cutler's near future.

Cutler hopes retirement will be a choice, not a last resort.

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