He is the third first-round pick to come from Vanderbilt, preceded by Will Wolford and Bill Wade.
On July 27, 2006, Cutler agreed to terms on a six-year million contract, which included million in bonuses.
His team's perfect record during his senior year included the school's first 3A state championship, where Heritage Hills beat Zionsville in overtime, 27–24.
The most notable play of the game occurred when Cutler lateraled the ball to the halfback, Cole Seifrig, who then passed it to Cutler who ran it into the end zone.
In 2002, Cutler set the school record for touchdowns and rushing yards by a freshman and rushed for more yards than any other Southeastern Conference quarterback that year.
The Associated Press honored him with a first-team freshman All-SEC selection.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Ron Jaworski tabbed him as the best quarterback available in the draft, and some scouts believed he had better arm strength than Young and Leinart, and compared him to Brett Favre for his gunslinger attitude.
Cutler, as predicted by most, was the third quarterback chosen, after Young (3rd overall) and Leinart (10th).
As a result of the two passing touchdowns in the game against the Bengals, Cutler became the first rookie QB in NFL history The Broncos' quest to clinch a playoff berth came up short in the final game of the season, when they fell at home 26–23 in overtime to the San Francisco 49ers.
However, following a season-ending injury to Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill in August 2017, Cutler came out of retirement and signed with the team.
He started three years at quarterback for the Patriots football team, amassing a combined 26–1 record in his junior and senior years, including a perfect 15–0 during his senior year.
Cutler attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
He started all 45 career games that he played for the Vanderbilt Commodores football team, the most starts by a quarterback in school history. The Commodores were 11–35 during his tenure, including going 5–27 versus the SEC.