DAVIE—At the time, the Dolphins wouldn’t have minded Jay Cutler signing with the Jets. Really, given their friendship, coach Adam Gase might have even been happy about it.
Shortly after the Bears released him in March, Cutler talked briefly with the Jets about a free agent visit. That never materialized, and New York quickly signed Josh McCown—their current starter.
When asked today what happened in his conversation with the Jets, Cutler said the interest was serious, but never progressed to the point where he thought it was going to happen.
“I mean I think it’s—We were just feeling each other out,” he said. “It wasn’t aggressive. It wasn’t super vague. It was just feeling each other out and it just didn’t work out.”
Cutler went on to say he “wasn’t in a hurry to really go anywhere” at that time and seemed comfortable with retirement. When he signed with the Dolphins in August, he said he’d been at peace with not playing anymore until Gase called him.
The Dolphins weren’t interested in Cutler as a backup during free agency because Gase was confident going into the season with Ryan Tannehill starting and Matt Moore behind him. When Tannehill went down with a season-ending knee injury early in training camp, Cutler was Gase’s first call.
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