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After being released by the Chicago Bears on Thursday, Cutler was immediately linked to the Jets, who have a clear need for a veteran quarterback. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport said Friday on Good Morning Football the interest is mutual.
“The Jets do have some interest in Jay Cutler. And I’m told he has interest in them as well,” Rapoport said. “At this point it’s really a matter of fit. There are a couple questions the Jets have to ask themselves: Is Jay Cutler the kind of quarterback that you want in your quarterback room? They have a couple young guys who they’d like to bring along — Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty. Jay Cutler does not always have the greatest reputation for dealing with teammates, whether or not that is reality we’re not exactly sure. But do you want to bring Jay Cutler into your quarterback room? That’s one question. It is pretty obvious, though, he is the best veteran quarterback option out there. I would expect some sort of contact between Cutler and the Jets some point soon.”
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Cutler has never been viewed as anyone’s idea of a budding QB tutor — of course, Tom Brady hasn’t exactly been known as an active coddler of talent either. What he does possess is a wealth of experience in many different systems — some of those coordinator changes necessitated by his own erratic play.
Cutler is the best bridge quarterback available now. And the Jets have the bridgiest need of any team. With two young quarterbacks not ready to play — and perhaps a third coming in the draft — Gang Green needs someone capable of running an offense, even if he won’t improve their chances of winning. If it comes down to Cutler and Geno Smith, Jets brass might decide to dance with the devil they don’t know.
Rapoport added that “this is not a joke” in front of Glennon’s projected salary, though most of the outrage about his contract comes from those outside the league. Glennon’s projected deal has been high for quite some time thanks to another raise in the salary cap and the market dictated by former Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler. It’s easier for fans to swallow once they understand that this is simply what a quarterback costs.
Should Glennon come to Chicago and start, his salary would be somewhere between the $7 million Cleveland owes Robert Griffin III and the $16 million being made by Andy Dalton in Cincinnati, a fine and completely reasonable number for Glennon, who has a season’s worth of career starts under his belt (18 total), a good touchdown to interception ratio (30-15) and a completion percentage near 60.
Glennon would essentially be making a few million dollars more than Ryan Fitzpatrick did with the Jets a season ago.
It would not be surprising to see the Bears go all in this season. The Lions showed a season ago that the division is certainly for the taking with the right breaks and the Bears boast an impressive foundation along their offensive line and in the backfield. With a treasure trove of salary-cap space at their disposal, it sounds like locking down the quarterback will be project No. 1 once the window opens.