Looking at the teams that could be/should be interested in Jay Cutler

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If you watched or listened to Wednesday’s PFT Live, you saw or heard (or both) a discussion about the teams that could be or should be interested in Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. And while Cutler has the power to essentially scare away any potential suitor, it doesn’t get to that point unless and until potential suitors emerge.

So which teams could be or should be interested in adding Cutler via trade or, if he’s released, as a free agent? Here’s the list that Stats and I discussed on Wednesday’s show.

49ers: This one makes a lot of sense, for various reasons. First, the cupboard is largely bare. Second, new G.M. John Lynch called Cutler a “once-in-every-15-year-type talent” after the Broncos traded Cutler to the Bears eight years ago. Third, the father of new coach Kyle Shanahan drafted Cutler 11 years ago in Denver. And while Shanahan has said he’s not interested in a short-term fix at quarterback, Cutler at the age of 33 could, in theory, have five or more years left.

Jets: Last year, the Jets reluctantly paid Ryan Fitzpatrick $12 million to be the starter. This year, they could trade for Cutler at $12.5 million (plus up to $2.5 million in per-game roster bonuses). That comparison, along with the presence of Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg on the roster, makes Cutler a potential arrival in New York — even though ESPN.com reported in the aftermath of the hiring of Jeremy Bates, a twice-former Cutler tutor, as quarterbacks coach that the Jets won’t be pursuing Cutler.

Bills: If they decide not to guarantee $27.5 million to Tyrod Taylor, the Bills need a quarterback. Enter Cutler, who arguably would walk through the door as the best signal-caller since the days of the Doug Flutie/Rob Johnson rigmarole. But a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs since Johnson and Flutie were on the roster should think twice about embracing a quarterback who hasn’t been there since 2010 — especially since Cutler may have no interest in spending his final years playing second fiddle in the AFC East to Tom Brady.

Chiefs: Adding Tony Romo makes sense because it can be argued that Alex Smith has taken the Chiefs as far as he can. That’s still farther than Cutler would possibly take them. Given Cutler’s personal playoff drought and his own durability questions, Cutler wouldn’t be the potential upgrade that Romo could be.

Texans: It makes no sense to add Jay Cutler at his current salary or anything close to it, especially with Brock Osweiler getting $16 million fully guaranteed in 2017. It makes plenty of sense to consider Cutler as a backup, at backup-quarterback pay, if it gets to the point where no one wants Cutler as a starter and the Texans want a viable break-glass-in-emergency option if/when Osweiler fails during his second season with the team.

Broncos: I love good stories (because clickety-click-click), and a Cutler homecoming to Colorado would be a great story. It also is plausible, given that the football regime has completely changed since he was run out of town by Josh McDaniels and in light of the current in-house options. Last year, an effort to trade for Colin Kaepernick cratered because Denver didn’t want to pay $12 million for one year. How much would John Elway and company be willing to pay Cutler? Ultimately, that could be the key to a potential reunion.

Washington: The case against tagging Kirk Cousins is a simple one. At $23.94 million for 2017 under the franchise tag, Washington could get someone nearly as good as Cousins for a lot less money, with the rest going to other players at other positions. Cutler, at roughly half the amount Cousins would cost, therefore makes sense to consider, if Washington is seriously considering not keeping Cousins.

Dolphins: I’m throwing this one in here primarily to troll Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. Cutler had a strong season in 2015, when Dolphins coach Adam Gase ran the offense in Chicago. But as became clear during the 2016 season and the trade deadline approached, the Dolphins are all in with Ryan Tannehill, and they won’t be adding Cutler.

45 responses to “Looking at the teams that could be/should be interested in Jay Cutler

  1. Cutler is a middle of the pack starting QB. There are a lot of teams starting guys below the middle of the pack. There is a place for him in the NFL. Trade for him? That might be a more difficult proposition. But let’s not pretend that he won’t have a job in 2017.

    If Pace manages to get anything for Cutler, he deserves to be executive of the year. He will have gotten draft picks for Brandon Marshall, Martellus Bennett, and Jay Cutler in successive offseasons, when all 3 were going to be released anyway.

  2. John Lynch called Cutler a “once-in-every-15-year-type talent”.

    That can be taken in many ways, such as the worst extreme winter weather event in over a decade.

  3. Arizona, baby! Cutty’s big arm is a perfect fit for a Bruce Arians offense and Palmer isn’t going to play 16 games.

  4. If Cutler is run out of town won’t the Bears have the worst qb situation in the league? Who wants that job?

  5. Bills fans would run Jay Cutler out of town before he had a chance to paint his truck blue. Anyone who would consider this a fit in any way shape of form has NO idea what Bills fans are about. I would bring back Rob Johnson or JP Losman that sit through one snap with that soft baby’s bottom as my QB. He is a poor man’s (Appalachia poor) Jeff George.. at best

  6. the Phins being ‘all in’ with Tannehill is the worst decision in NFL history… why cant they see what a failure he is?

  7. Why do people still talk about Romo like he’s definitely going to be he missing link for someone? The guy has started 5 games over the least 2 seasons where he tossed 6 TDs and 7 INTs. Not to mention he’s 36 years old and coming off a couple major injuries. I mean it’s possible, but I would say it’s extremely unlikely.

    P.S. I’d like to see Cutlers arm in Arizona. At worst, he’s a younger Palmer. At best, the change of scenery and open offense take him to another level.

  8. I agree with tjacks, Romo is a huge roll of the dice. As for Cutler in Arizona, they really can’t get away from CPalmer’s contract this yr. Too much guaranteed money. Palmer, Arians and Fitz are gonna give it one more shot.

  9. I wouldn’t want Cutler on my team. He always seems like it’s a total imposition on his time to play football. Like he’s always got better places to be than on a football field.

  10. He would be perfect for the Texans as he would be improvement over Brock Osweiller. If the Texans can get into the playoffs with Brock they can get there with anybody at QB.

  11. No one knows Cutler’s weaknesses better than Josh McDaniel. He was viified for running Cutler out of Denver but he was right. He was also right about Tebow being a winner but very wrong about turning him into an effective passer.

    If I’m the Jets or Bills I don’t want the Patriots defending Cutler and showing every other team how to beat him.

  12. He’s a better (i.e., less bad) starter than Brock Osweiler, Tyrod Taylor or anyone the Jets put out there last year. And maybe Colin Kaepernick. That’s it. And I’m a Bears fan so I know.

  13. For 49er fans sake they better hope that John Lynch have got better over the years evaluating talents, because no one in their right mind should think that Cutler is a one in 15 years type of talent.

  14. joefelicelli,

    Your detailed analysis on Cutler in the previous topic (Report: Bears seeking trade partner for Cutler) was right on the money.

    Don’t my fellow Bear fans bother to think about the other Bear QBs who played last season and before and how they turned out? Is there not a pattern?

    If mgmt brings in a qb to start in 2017 and beyond, my message to that new guy: good luck. Any QB who really desires to be in Chicago is committing an act of courage.

  15. Hard to imagine a guy that played with Elway’s intensity warming to a day at the office type like Cutler.

  16. Totally over rated QB. Rocket arm but no accuracy. Pouty little baby on the sidelines and can’t stay healthy a whole season.

    What’d he do in Gase’s offense? A few big plays to Alshon Jeffries but generally a whole lotta nothing.

  17. I think Jed York will fire John Lynch in a hot minute if he signs Jay Cutler as a free agent or trade for him. LOL. He makes more money than Kap, and he has never brought a tea to the Super Bowl, unlike Kap.

  18. Cutler is nearly as good as Kirk Cousins? ROTFL

    Cutler is about the same caliber as Ryan Fitzpatrick or Brian Hoyer. If the Bears cut Cutler, and they probably have to since they don’t think he is any good or worth the money he will be paid, Cutler may have to settle for a couple of million or retire from the NFL.

  19. SO you list seven teams that “could be/should be” but you only tell us the reasoning behind four.
    The other three you just tell us why they won’t or shouldn’t.

  20. The recent obsession with the Kirk Cousins situation is bleeding into every article.

    Oh, and it’s REDSKINS.

  21. Like arent the Texans building a 20 foot statue of Brock in front of the stadium?? That would be SOO DISRESPECTFUL to bringing in Cutler after doing that. Yep, Brocky is our guy! No thanks JC!

  22. you say romos the better choice bc of cutlers durability issues and playoff drought. the exact same could be said of romo if u ask me. hes always hurt and rarely leads a talented team to the playoffs.

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