The Jets officially announced that they’ve hired Jeremy Bates as their QBs coach on Wednesday, who has ties to Cutler from their time together in Denver and Chicago. If the Jets end up expressing interest in Cutler, La Canfora says that it will likely be at the right price.
New York will clearly be in the market for quarterback help this offseason, even though they’ve drafted Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg the past two years. The real question is whether they’ll target someone in the draft, possibly at No. 6 overall, or look for a veteran option to replace Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The expectation remains that the Bears will finally release Cutler this offseason, which should come as no surprise.
Cutler, 33, is a former first-round pick of the Broncos back in 2006. He spent three years in Denver before he was traded to the Bears in 2009. He’s currently in the fourth year of his seven-year, $126.7 million contract that included $54 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $12.5 million for the 2017 season to go along with a $2.5 million roster bonus.
Cutler has no guaranteed money left on his contract and Chicago would only take a $2 million salary cap hit by releasing him this year. The Bears would pick up $13 million in salary-cap space should they cut him loose.
In 2016, Cutler appeared in five games and throw for 1,059 yards while completing 59.1 percent of his passes to go along with four touchdowns and five interceptions.
We’ll have more regarding Cutler and where he could end up as the news is available.