Jay Cutler is no stranger to garnering headlines. From his 12-year career in the NFL to his failed marriage to Kristen Cavallari, the retired quarterback has been in the spotlight since he was still in college. Recently, however, Cutler got some headlines for something truly unique — not just to him but to the NFL in general — when he was trying to find the culprit that was murdering his chickens.
Jay Cutler smiling slightly, looking away from the camera in a football uniform
Cutler’s football career
Cutler had a successful career at Vanderbilt in college. His arm and penchant for winning made him a shoo-in for the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He only had to wait to see 10 names called before him before getting selected by the Denver Broncos with the eleventh pick in the first round. For the next three years, he had the keys to the franchise.
In Denver, Cutler had an adequate, if not unspectacular start to his career. He could throw the ball where it needed to go, but his penchant for interceptions provided immediate concerns for the Broncos. In his third year with the team, Cutler threw 25 touchdowns and 4,526 yards to go with 18 interceptions, according to Pro Football Reference. That summer, Cutler was traded to the Chicago Bears after just three years with the Broncos.
Depending on who was asked, Cutler was either a great quarterback stuck with a lousy franchise or a mediocre quarterback whose faults were reflected in his team’s lack of on-field success. While Cutler led the Bears to 10 wins in two of his first four seasons with the team, he struggled to get a winning record for most of his tenure. Whether his fault or not, Cutler never had a chance to succeed.
In 2017, after a brief retirement from the NFL, Cutler suited up for a single season with the Miami Dolphins before calling it a career for good.
In late-June, Cutler took to Instagram to accuse his cat of having no morals. The cat in question was charged with killing Cutler’s chickens at his farm. Those who have followed Cutler know that he has always been a peculiar personality, so his penchant for farm life should not be a surprise. The saga of his dying chickens, however, seemed straight out of a true-crime podcast.
While Cutler did not absolve his cat of any crimes, he expanded his investigation when he noticed what appeared to be an owl in the nearby wilderness. Cutler publicly apologized to his cat on Instagram but let it be known that he would find the killer, whatever it may be. Eventually, Cutler accused several species of killing his chickens, from Sasquatch to cheetahs.
However, after days of investigation, Cutler arrived at the culprit.
Who killed Cutler’s chickens?
Cutler tried a little bit of everything. According to CBS Sports, he tried everything from cameras to traps, to buying a gun specifically for rodents, the killer was still at large. Then, on July 1, the retired quarterback made a big announcement on his Instagram.
“All is well and happy to report it was a raccoon. Which fits the evidence,” Cutler wrote. ” Chicken heads were ripped off and bodies were left in the chicken yard. Gruesome stuff but the reality of the situation. Ladies are now safe and sound. We can all sleep well for a few nights. Unfortunately I’m sure this raccoon has some family members.”
Cutler’s saga was equally gruesome and hilarious. Incidents like this are common for anyone with a chicken coup, but it’s not every day that the person is a big-name NFL quarterback. Cutler appeared to use the time to entertain his fans and make the most of it. Thankfully, he caught the culprits, and the chickens are now thriving in safety until the next one comes and tries to take them away.