NFL Free Agents: Houston Texans Unlikely to Acquire Jay Cutler

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 03/21/17 08:42AM EDT
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Veteran quarterback Jay Cutler is reportedly not considering the Houston Texans this free agency. (Photo : Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The deal between the New York Jets and Josh McCown may have made the NFL free agency more difficult and complicated for Jay Cutler. He was among the Jets' top options but now that no longer matters. Another possible team for him is the Houston Texans, but it looks like he is not interested in signing with the Texas-based squad.

Houston needs a quarterback after the trade that sent Brock Osweiler to the Cleveland Browns. The Texans have Tom Savage, but they are not that confident with him taking the starting job for an entire season. This is the reason why they are being linked to quarterbacks who are still available on the market, including Cutler. 

However, a Texans-Cutler deal might be far from happening. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport said in a tweet that they "aren't an option" for the former Chicago Bears starter. If this is true, it could be bad news for the 33-year-old in the long run. As the free agency goes on, his choices are running low and soon he might end up retiring. There were speculations that leaving the game for good is something he is considering. 

The other notable teams in need of a quarterback are the Browns and the San Francisco 49ers. If Cutler still aims to play in the NFL, they may give him another shot. The Browns acquired Osweiler, but the search continues for them. Meanwhile, the 49ers already signed Brian Hoyer but their new general manager and the head coach want to have a few more since it is their goal to improve the position. 

Cutler is still capable of starting in the NFL and he was doing that again last season until a shoulder injury kept him on the sidelines. The previous health setback may not be the reason why there is little interest in his service. The unsuccessful seasons the Bears experienced under his leadership might be the main reason why he is still unsigned. Since he joined them in 2009, Chicago made it to the playoffs just once. In the past three seasons, the team had losing records.



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