Bears Release Jay Cutler, Jets Interested In Signing Him

Bears Release Jay Cutler, Jets Interested In Signing Him

The New York Jets fit the description of a club in search of a new starter and could continue the trend of tapping into former Bears skill players.

Cutler had one of his best seasons ever with Adam Gase was his offensive coordinator in Chicago two years ago. The deal was structured such that it would've been impossible to cut him early without eating loads of dead money.

In the process, the Bears appeared to have outbid, well, no one in particular. Secondly, they wouldn't have to give up anything in a trade. That was Cutler's last playoff game with the Bears. In an NFC championship game at home against the Green Bay Packers, Cutler was knocked out with a knee injury.

During his Bears career, Cutler set team records for passing yards (23,443) and touchdowns (154). Plus, Cutler for years has had a reputation as a locker room malcontent.

Jay Cutler was released by the Bears on Thursday.

Get free real-time news alerts from the Chicago Patch. Cutler played just five games in 2016, but managed five interceptions to just four touchdowns in that span while the Bears went 1-4. The Texans were desperate for a quarterback and Osweiler had shown promise in Denver, despite being nudged aside in favor of Peyton Manning for the Broncos' postseason run to a Super Bowl title to close the 2015 season.

What's next for the Bears?

Excluding Chicago, only nine of the NFL's other 32 teams have first-string quarterbacks they didn't draft. Glennon could have benefited from more time to sit and learn. He lacks mobility, and has done his best work in a clean pocket where he has time to make his throws. GM Ryan Pace has been active in free agency the last two offseasons but has shown restraint as well.

But he did not make any starts over the past two seasons after the Buccaneers used the top overall selection in the National Football League draft in 2015 on Winston.

Bucs fans will likely see Glennon again soon, as the Bears are scheduled to play Tampa Bay at Raymond James Stadium this fall.

A potential Cutler signing to the Jets would be the latest move in what this scribe likes to call the Quarterback Carousel of Misery. What a delightful marriage Cutler and that media market would make.

The Jets have been a mess at QB lately. But there's already been pushback on that idea.

Well, they're desperate for an experienced quarterback.

Buffalo is another possibility, based on prior connections at least.

The notoriously prickly Cutler might have a tough time in NY dealing with the media and fan base. There is no sense in the Jets making anything close to a longer-term commitment to Cutler.