ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Thursday signed former Vanderbilt University quarterback Jay Cutler, whom they selected in the first round (11th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Cutler (6-foot-3, 233 pounds) was a three-year starting quarterback at Vanderbilt, where he set school career records for passing yards (8,697), touchdown passes (59) and yards of total offense (9,953). He started all 45 career games played as a three-year captain for the Commodores, posting the most completions (710) and pass attempts (1,242) in school history.
As a senior in 2005, Cutler was tabbed Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year (coaches and media) after completing 273-of-462 passes (59.1%) for 3,073 yards with 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions. A first-team All-SEC choice and a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (nation's top senior quarterback), Cutler in 2005 led the conference with a school-record 3,288 yards of total offense.
Cutler was a three-year starter at quarterback and safety for Heritage Hills High School in Lincoln City, Ind. He was named first-team all-state by the Associated Press as a senior quarterback after leading Heritage Hills to a 15-0 record and its first-ever state title.
Jay Cutler was born April 29, 1983, in Santa Claus, Ind.
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