QB - FA
Week 17 Outlook
Jay Cutler, Jets in contact
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the New York Jets have been "in touch" with, and are "keeping tabs on" free agent quarterback Jay Cutler.
It comes to no surprise that the Jets and Cutler have been in contact of late. The free agent quarterback has been linked to the Jets for just about the entire offseason, even before the Bears released him. With quarterback vacancies beginning to fill up around the league, Cutler's options are not only dwindling, but they also appear few and far between. If Cutler intends to start next season, the Jets may be his only option barring an injury to a signal caller on another club. However, Cutler is in no position to hold out for an ideal situation. If New York offers him a deal, he'll likely accept it or he could face beginning the 2017 campaign as a backup elsewhere.
Jay Cutler being released
The Chicago Bears are releasing quarterback Jay Cutler.
Cutler is now a free agent. The Bears informed the signal caller of his release Thursday. Expect the Jets and Browns to both pursue Cutler, with New York as the favorite to land him.
Jay Cutler possibly to the Jets
The New York Jets would be interested in free-agent veteran QB Jay Cutler if they can sign him at the right price.
Jay Cutler finished 2016 with 1,059 yards, four touchdowns, and five interceptions in 137 attempts. Long considered a "negative" locker room guy the Jets are willing to take their chance on his talent and experience. The pieces around Cutler aren't great but Bowles would rather have an experienced guy behind center than a rookie coming in via the draft. Cutler shouldn't be on anyones radar come draft day even if he does sign and start for the Jets.
Jay Cutler not a guarantee to play in 2017
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler isn't a lock to play in 2017.
Cutler is going to be 34 to start the 2017 season and has battled a multitude of injuries in the last few years, but this still seems like a very unrealistic scenario. Cutler will more than likely be released by the Bears, and when he is he should have no problem finding a new team. He should be considered a QB2 in most leagues regardless of where he lands.
Jay Cutler being 'actively' shopped around by Bears
ESPN's Jeff Darlington reports the Chicago Bears have "actively started seeking a trade partner for quarterback Jay Cutler."
As expected, Cutler's eight-year tenure in Chicago will come to an end this offseason. The Bears have begun seeking a trade partner for his services this week. Expect the Jets and Bills to be in the conversation for Cutler with New York being viewed as the front-runner. However, he is not a long-term answer for any club at quarterback. Therefore, Chicago should not expect a huge return for Cutler in a potential trade. Perhaps a late-round draft pick will be enough.
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