Here is what Clayton has to say about his pairing of the Jets and Cutler.
Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith will be free agents after the season, and they aren’t likely to return, unless it’s at a cut price as a backup. That leaves recent draft picks Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, but I don’t think either is likely to start for the Jets in 2017.
That means the Jets need a veteran signal-caller to protect themselves, and Cutler makes sense. New York could buy some time to develop a long-term answer, whether that’s Petty, Hackenberg or a QB from the 2017 draft, while Cutler gets a another chance to prove himself.
Cutler has a gunslinger mentality, which the Jets could use given some of the weapons they have at the skill positions. He has three winning seasons under his belt and one playoff appearance with the Chicago Bears in 2010.
Bringing in a veteran makes sense as well as a tutor to the younger players, but there are serious questions to if Cutler is the right guy for that role.
For one, his attitude and personality will not play well with the ruthless New York media. The Jets, also, desperately need a leader in the locker room, and offensively, and Cutler would not provide that based on his history.