Jay Cutler retirement continues to circulate as the veteran quarterback remains available on the free agency market. However, according to the latest NFL report, Cutler is not yet giving up his NFL career and still wants to play for another team next season.
After missing most of the 2016 NFL season, the Chicago Bears decided to part ways with Cutler. The 33-year-old quarterback currently holds every passing record in Bears history. However, in his eight-year stint with the team, they only managed to enter the playoffs once.
Jay Cutler only played five games last season after suffering a thumb injury and labrum injury in his throwing shoulder. He recorded 1,059 passing yards, four touchdowns, five interceptions, and a 78.1 passer rating. His deteriorating performance and health issues proved to be the major reasons why the Bears decided to release him this offseason.
Jay Cutler retirement: Former Chicago Bears eyeing to join another team
Almost two months since he became a free agent, Jay Cutler is yet to find a new team. Some people believe that Cutler is already considering a retirement since there is no NFL team who shows interest in adding him to their team. However, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Cutler’s agent, Bus Cook, revealed that the veteran quarterback will not retire and still wants to continue his football career.
“Jay wants to play football,” Cook told ESPN. “He never has mentioned retirement to me. Jay Cutler, as far as I know, is ready to play and wants to play, and his skill set is as good as any quarterback in the league.”
Several NFL teams like the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, and the New York Jets are currently active on the market looking for a quarterback. However, most of them are focused on the 2017 NFL Draft to fill the needs to improve on their roster. If Cutler lowers his asking price and considers becoming a backup QB, he may find his new team on or before the upcoming draft.
Jay Cutler retirement: Chicago Bears drafting a franchise QB
The Bears signed Mike Glennon to a three-year, $45 million to replace Jay Cutler as their starting quarterback. They also added Mark Sanchez for the backup role. However, there are speculations that the Bears are still eyeing to acquire a franchise quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The way the Bears set up Glennon’s contract gives them full control to move him if he fails to live up to expectations. Acquiring a quarterback in the upcoming draft would be practical as they aim to return to title contention as soon as possible.
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