Jay Cutler’s NFL retirement is looking increasingly like a short-lived affair.
Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase confirmed Saturday that Cutler has expressed interest in quarterbacking the team, but there is no deal as of Saturday afternoon.
Gase confirms he spoke to Cutler and that Cutler indicated interest in Dolphins … No deal at this point
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) August 5, 2017
Any decision will likely wait until Miami has a final word from quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who may need season-ending ACLsurgery.
With Tannehill looking likely to be sidelined for a while, it seems like it may only be a matter of time before Cutler ends his retirement to join the Dolphins. That would be Miami’s preference, and we now know that Cutler is ready to do it, too.
Jay Cutler may have to put his retirement and broadcasting plans on hold.
According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Cutler is the Miami Dolphins’ top choice if they need to sign a quarterback. He says the two sides have discussed a potential deal.
#Dolphins & QB Jay Cutler's reps have had discussions about a potential deal, sources say. Nothing has been agreed upon. He's the top choice
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 4, 2017
The Dolphins are waiting to see what happens with Ryan Tannehill. Their first-string QB re-injured his knee in practice on Thursday and is set to miss extended time. If he undergoes surgery, he would likely be out until next season. If he chooses rest, he will still have to miss time.
Either way, the Dolphins need to add another quarterback. Matt Moore is their current backup.
Cutler, 34, is set to become a broadcaster for FOX, but playing for his former coach Adam Gase on a good team in Miami is tempting for obvious reasons.
Ryan Tannehill’s injury may mean Jay Cutler’s retirement is short-lived.
According to NFL reporter Benjamin Allbright, talks between Cutler and the Miami Dolphins are “gaining steam” amid fears that Tannehill may have suffered a season-ending knee injury.
Cutler & #Dolphins picking up steam per sources.
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) August 4, 2017
Coach Adam Gase knows Cutler well as they spent a year together with the Chicago Bears, so at this late stage of the offseason, such a move makes perfect sense. Cutler is formally retired, but the opportunity to spend a season as the starter on a playoff team would likely prove too difficult for him to turn down.
Jay Cutler is officially retired — though he thinks he might regret that come NFL season.
Cutler appeared on ESPN 1000’s Waddle & Silvy on Friday, confirming that his retirement decision is final — though not necessarily without regrets.
QB Jay Cutler tells @WaddleandSilvy his move to the FOX booth is "permanent." Adds: "Zero doubt in my mind there's going to be some regret."
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 5, 2017
Cutler tells @WaddleandSilvy he does plan to file retirement papers, but admits he doesn’t really know what that means.
— Kevin Patra (@kpatra) May 5, 2017
Cutler had somewhat hedged on using the word “retirement” in earlier comments, but he’s making clear here that his playing career is finished. It’s interesting that he admits he’ll have regrets — you can understand why he’d feel that he didn’t quite accomplish everything he’d hoped to in his NFL career that he had hoped to do.
Jay Cutler was — and is — a polarizing figure in NFL circles, to say the least. Detractors often mocked him for his perceived softness and habit of throwing interceptions.
One former NFL rival couldn’t stop himself even as Cutler retired.
Tom Crabtree, a former tight end and special teams player for the Green Bay Packers who very much has a way with words, just had to taunt Cutler with a few strategically capitalized letters in a Friday Twitter message.
wIsh jay cutler NoThINg buT the best IN his broadcasTing career
— Tom Crabtree (@itsCrab) May 5, 2017
This is my Mona Lisa
— Tom Crabtree (@itsCrab) May 5, 2017
Cutler didn’t close the door on coming back. Some of his critics would love to see him do just that and throw some more INTs in the future.
Jay Cutler is joining the FOX broadcast team for the 2017 NFL season, but that does not mean he is officially slamming the door on his playing career.
In a statement announcing his newest venture, Cutler said he is not ready to call himself retired from football.
“I don’t know if retirement is the right word; I don’t feel that anyone ever really retires from the NFL,” he wrote, via Pro Football Talk. “You are either forced to leave, or you lose the desire to do what’s required to keep going. I’m in between those situations at this point in my life.”
Cutler also shared a quote that made it seem like he could change his mind if the right opportunity came along.
“I recently read a quote that struck a chord with me at the time,” he wrote. “It was attributed to Henry Rollins (but with the internet these days, you can never be too sure who really said it). ‘I did that, I gave everything I had to give to that. Now, if I returned to that it would be repetition – it might be fun repetition, but it wouldn’t be meaningful repetition.’”
While he appeared in just five games last season due to injury, Cutler only recently turned 34. There are several quarterbacks who have been successful into their mid-30s, so he could conceivably return at some point later this year or next season.
In reality, there was very little interest in Cutler on the free agent market. He may have even turned down one team in favor of taking a job in television, so you know he wasn’t desperate to keep playing. Should a significant injury inspire a contender to come calling, Cutler would almost certainly listen.
Jay Cutler has seemingly been forced into retirement due to a lack of interest in his services, but it sounds like the veteran quarterback may have turned down one NFL team this offseason.
With news surfacing Friday that Cutler has signed a deal to join FOX in a broadcasting role, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the 34-year-old had “real discussions” with the New York Jets but opted for a job in TV.
Before deciding to go to FOX, Jay Cutler had real discussions with Jets, and less-promising ones with Texans. Cutler opted for analyst role.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 5, 2017
At this point in his career, Cutler would probably rather call games on television than play for a team that isn’t a playoff contender. However, there is a belief that he is not closing the door on his playing career entirely.
He's on radio later today so he will give his take on how hard this retirement is. But if a team suddenly came at him, sense is he'd play. https://t.co/7t1g6ok1Gg
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) May 5, 2017
It seems like a major injury would be the only thing that could open the door for Cutler to join an NFL team. And even then, the chances are slim. There have been more than a few questions raised about Cutler’s character during his career, including one recently from a former teammate. Broadcasting seems like his best bet at the moment.