NFL Rumors: Jay Cutler to New York Jets, helps team become playoff contenders

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Former long-time Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler could be the next starting quarterback for the New York Jets, according to latest NFL rumors. Cutler, who was released by the Bears recently, wants to prove that he is still a good starter in the league and if signed by the Jets he will get his chance to show that.

Ian Rapoport of reports that the Jets are still in search of a starting QB. He adds that the New York team has already “touched base” with the former Bears QB. If they have a fruitful talk, the development could lead to a visit by Cutler to New York soon. Cutler was released by the Bears last week.

Jay Cutler trade did not happen forcing release from Chicago Bears

Cutler might not get a big contract in his deal as his stint with Chicago has been considered a failure. There were NFL rumors since last season that the Bears were searching for Jay Cutler trades but the market for the quarterback has been lukewarm. Teams like the Jets were likely waiting for him to be waived and sign him in free agency.

Cutler played for the Denver Broncos in his first three years in the league, from 2006 to 2008. He was traded to Chicago in 2009 and has been the starting QB for the Bears for the last eight seasons. Cutler’s stint with Chicago produced only one playoff appearance for the Bears, in 2010.

Earlier this year, there were already NFL rumors that trade speculations for Jay Cutler were heating up. But no team wanted to get him and his huge salary. It’s not a surprise that Chicago wants to move on from Cutler since they never had success with him as a starting QB. Cutler wants to play for a Super Bowl contender at this point of his career but it’s not known if there are title contending teams that are willing to give him the starter spot.

No one interested in Jay Cutler, except New York Jets

Chicago tried to trade Cutler earlier this year reportedly for future draft picks. But Cutler is mostly unwanted around the league and will have to see if there are interested teams in NFL free agency 2017.

Last season, Cutler played just five games due to various injuries. He registered 1,059 passing yards on 81 of 137 passes with 4 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Last season, the Jets featured Ryan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith and Christian Hackenberg in their QB depth chart.

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