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Stars didn’t align for Jay Cutler to visit Jets before move to FOX

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Jay Cutler is trading in his jersey and helmet for a suit and a microphone this year, but his decision to make the jump to a FOX broadcast booth wasn’t preordained when he was first released by the Bears.

During an appearance on a podcast with Adam Schefter of ESPN, Cutler said that the Jets reached out to him shortly after the Bears cut him loose. Cutler said he wasn’t sure if he wanted to keep playing, so nothing materialized right away. They stayed in touch, but had a hard time finding a date that worked for a visit and it ultimately became a moot issue when the Jets signed Josh McCown.

“The stars didn’t really align for me to get out there,” Cutler said. “By the time I was scheduled to get out there, my buddy Josh had taken a visit and they worked something out with him. It all worked out. I’m happy for him.”

Cutler said he has “no idea” if the Jets would have offered him a contract and whether an offer would have been enough for him to return to the field for another year, but sitting up high and commenting on the Jets’ rebuilding effort seems like a gig less likely to result in physical pain than playing quarterback for it so there probably won’t be too much second guessing about how he played things out.

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10 Responses to “Stars didn’t align for Jay Cutler to visit Jets before move to FOX”
  1. Indybear says: Jun 9, 2017 6:56 AM

    I think Jay will surprise a few people with how well he will do in the booth. Good luck to him.

  2. stevejjones says: Jun 9, 2017 7:59 AM

    Cutler must have been annoyed when Manning said he had a laser rocket arm

  3. montrealraider says: Jun 9, 2017 8:05 AM

    The Jets are better off having McCown to get the 1st overall pick. And Cutler seems to have such low motivation for playing that it would probably have turned into a nightmare fore everyone anyway.

  4. dwinsgames says: Jun 9, 2017 8:23 AM

    Cutler didn’t fit in with the tanking plan.

  5. JustJim says: Jun 9, 2017 8:24 AM

    Cutler said he wasn’t sure if he wanted to keep playing, so nothing materialized right away. ——-
    That’s he story of your entire career Jay………No heart, no desire………………………..good riddance !!!

  6. intrafinesse says: Jun 9, 2017 8:41 AM

    Cutler is better than McCown, but would also want a lot more money. The Jets need to tank so shouldn’t spend a dime on a QB this year.
    In fact the money spent on McCown was a waste. They should have gone with Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg.
    The Jets GM (Mike Maccagnan) is reactive, and doesn’t think ahead.

  7. bassplucker says: Jun 9, 2017 9:26 AM

    His whole time in Chicago was spent playing with undertalented teammates for sub-par coaches and idiot owners. Why would he want more of the same with the Jets?

  8. xcerebus1 says: Jun 9, 2017 1:02 PM

    Think he’s being blackballed?

  9. vicnocal says: Jun 14, 2017 2:15 PM

    Would’ve loved to see him in Houston or Denver or even San Francisco with Kyle Shanahan’s system.

  10. mattbilleauthor says: Jun 14, 2017 2:46 PM

    The Jets are going “in the can for Sam” this year.

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