Cleveland Browns: Breaking down some potential big-name options at QB
Rumors came out Wednesday night that Jay Cutler may consider retirement, but it would be hard to turn down an eight-figure salary in 2017 if he can get out of the negative atmosphere in Chicago.
Coming to Cleveland may seem worse to fans outside the city, but working with Hue Jackson could help Cutler find some passion in the game once again.
Cutler is under contract in 2017, meaning the Browns would have to make a trade to acquire him. And based on the way he is received in Chicago, it likely wouldn’t even cost a first-round pick to get him off their hands.
The veteran only appeared in five games last season due to injuries, which is likely why he is pondering retirement from the game.
But a trade to Cleveland could help him find a spark to enjoy the game. He would be working with a coaching staff that is overwhelmingly positive, and young receivers who would be eager to play with an experienced quarterback.
Fans may initially be against this move, but if he won games all the initial anger would go away. Acquiring Cutler would give the Browns an experienced starter for 2017, and allow the team to draft a quarterback in 2018. The Browns could also draft someone this year, and let him learn under Cutler.
The problem with this move is Cutler’s health. He will enter the season at 34 years old, and fans do not want another Josh McCown situation where an injury is almost certain to happen. And if he is considering retirement, that is a bad sign from the start.
So while this move is intriguing, it is not one likely to be pursued by the Browns.