Cutler is one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL and that's unlikely to change. His stats are good, but he just doesn't play well on the field and has trouble with leadership.
Cutler was limited to five games in 2016, during which he was one of the NFL's worst starting quarterbacks. He threw for 1,059 yards and four touchdowns against five interceptions, also fumbling a handful of times. Matt Barkley and Brian Hoyer, Cutler's backups, each threw for more yards.
Even worse, he's fragile. He's constantly injured and he hasn't played a full 16 game season since 2009.
More concerning—and perhaps the reason Cutler may look to retire—was his run of injuries last season. A thumb injury cost Cutler five weeks early in the season, and then he suffered a tear in his throwing shoulder that led to his placement on injured reserve. Cutler also took 17 sacks, seven more than Hoyer and Barkley combined.
The most humane thing would be to let the man retire so the NFL and fans can move on from this sad saga.
This is how it is—the Jets need a quarterback and Cutler needs a team. It's obvious Chicago has not been working out for him. The Jets need an experienced quarterback. No team is going to take Cutler besides the Jets. The Jets have no real options besides Cutler. It's a match made in heaven!
From a pure talent standpoint, Cutler is one of the more physically-gifted quarterbacks in the NFL. He has a cannon for an arm, some mobility, and the ability to make any throw on the field.
But remove Cutler's stats, and he's not all that great. He has a career record of 68-71, hasn't quarterbacked a team to a winning record since 2012, and has made the playoffs just once (2010). Former teammates Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett have both criticized his leadership ability.
But when you're this desperate, sometimes you just have to bite the bullet.
The Jets need a quarterback. They need one bad. Unfortunately for them, Cutler is about the only one left.