NFL Free Agency news: Jay Cutler still hoping to hook up and play pro football, says agent

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Jay Cutler (6) throws the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half at Soldier Field. Reuters/ Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Following the Adrian Peterson signing, another noteworthy free agent hopes to get the chance to hook up with an NFL team soon. Jay Cutler remains one of the top name quarterbacks in the market but has so far ended up empty.

The 33-year-old made it clear that he doesn’t intend to retire, at least not yet. Such was backed by his agent Bus Cook via ESPN. "Jay Cutler, as far as I know, is ready to play and wants to play, and his skill set is as good as any quarterback in the league."

After getting released by the Chicago Bears in March, the 11-year veteran has yet to get a call from other teams. Part of the reason may be his history of injuries the last eight seasons, the last of which was a torn labrum that sidelined him back in December.

Before injuries spoiled his run, Jay Cutler held several records. Most of those highlights were with the Chicago Bears where he held almost every passing record for the team. Looking beyond that, Cutler is also best remembered for leading the Bears to the one playoff appearance.

Hence, it all boils down to assessing if Cutler can still showcase the same flare he had with the Bears. That last injury may hurt his chances though a medical or tryout could address all that. But the question is, which team takes the chance on Jay Cutler?

Right now, he may have to wait on how the 2017 NFL Draft pans out. Several teams have their eye on the young players, particularly Mitchell Trubisky, DeShone Kizer and DeShaun Watson. The Cleveland Browns and the San Francisco 49ers do need a quarterback so he could be considered afterward.

The Houston Texans, another team in search of a quarterback, were reportedly interested in Jay Cutler, Forbes reported. But it seems that talks have fizzled, sending the 11-year veteran back to square one.

The Texans may have opted to check out other players, starting with the NFL Draft. Like other teams, the three names mentioned above could be on their wish list if any are still available when they are on the clock. The Texans will be selecting 25th in round 1, NFL.com reported.

The opportunities seem to be shrinking for Cutler but all is not lost. If not a starter, he could be hired as a backup quarterback instead. The scenario for Cutler and other names like Colin Kaepernick should evolve better by May. If nothing comes up, Cutler may find himself having no choice but to retire.