With New York and possibly Houston off the table, Cutler is running out of potential landing spots that would give him a clear path to a starting job. A return to Denver might be an option, but it seems more likely the Broncos will just move forward with their young quarterbacks -- Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian -- if they don't acquire Tony Romo. It probably wouldn't be hard for Cutler to find work as a well-compensated backup, but it's unclear if he'd be amenable to such a situation. Houston's lack of interest in Cutler may stem from a belief that the team will land Romo.
Cutler (shoulder) and the Jets have mutual interest in each other, NFL.com reports.
Cutler was linked to the Jets even before he was released by Chicago, as it's widely assumed the 33-year-old quarterback will target his best shot at a starting job. With a current QB group of Bryce Petty (shoulder), Geno Smith (knee) and Christian Hackenberg, the Jets have a clear need for a veteran signal-caller to provide some stability while they figure out their future at the position.
Cutler (shoulder) was granted his release from the Bears, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
The veteran QB, who is bouncing back from surgery on a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder on Dec. 3, will now be free to sign elsewhere. Cutler's inevitable departure from the Bears was cemented by the team's deal with fellow QB Mike Glennon. Per Schefter, the Jets could consider bringing Cutler into the mix, but if they don't pursue him, the soon-to-be 34 year-old signal-caller figures to find limited options in free agency.
Cutler (shoulder) is expected to be healthy enough to pass a physical in March, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Since undergoing surgery on a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder on Dec. 3, Cutler has been committed to rehabilitation. Along the way, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reported in early January that Cutler was ahead of schedule in his recovery effort, and Rapoport's sources lend credence to the situation. More pressing for Cutler is where he'll be suiting up in 2017. The Bears have opened trade talks for the 11-year veteran, but the fact that Cutler has no guaranteed money in his current contract could complicate matters if his landing spot is unsatisfactory. By all accounts, though, he's played his last down as a member of the Bears.
Cutler suffered a sprained thumb in Week 2, forcing five consecutive absences. Only Brian Hoyer's broken left forearm in Week 7 allowed Cutler another chance to operate under center, but he made three more appearances before requiring season-ending surgery to repair the labrum in his right shoulder. If Cutler is indeed getting shopped, his Bears resume will show four touchdowns versus five interceptions, while completing 59 percent of his passes in his age-33 campaign. Because he has no guaranteed money remaining on his contract, the Bears may have difficulty unloading Cutler on a team in a less desirable situation, as he could opt to sit out or retire, per Darlington. No matter how things unfold, Cutler's time in Chicago has almost certainly come to a close.
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