DAVIE, Fla. -- Are we witnessing the final two games of Jay Cutler's NFL career? The 12-year quarterback isn’t saying.
But in all likelihood, Cutler is wrapping up a one-and-done experiment with the Miami Dolphins. The bigger question is whether Cutler is open to playing for anyone else when he becomes a free agent in the offseason?
“I haven’t thought about it,” Cutler said of his playing future. “You know, I’m focused on [Kansas City]. That stuff will be a concern of mine when the season is over.”
Cutler retired last offseason after not receiving interest following his release from the Chicago Bears. His pay scale and reluctance to be a backup quarterback likely led to little interest, as Cutler signed a broadcast deal with Fox. But when Ryan Tannehill suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first week of training camp, that presented the perfect opportunity to return for Cutler, who signed a one-year, $10-million contract.
Miami's roller-coaster ride with Cutler, 34, has been an interesting one. He is 6-6 as a starter and has thrown for 2,376 yards, 18 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Cutler also has an 80.6 passer rating. His numbers aren’t bad, but it’s certainly not good enough to lead the Dolphins to the playoffs.
At times this season Cutler has looked like his old self. His highlight of the year was throwing for 263 yards and a season-high three touchdowns in an upset win over the New England Patriots in a national game on Monday Night Football.
But Cutler also had three multi-interception games, including a season-high three picks last week in a big loss to Buffalo that significantly hurt Miami’s playoff chances. Inconsistency has been an issue for Cutler his entire career and that continued in his 12th season.
“We had some good games,” Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said. “We had some games that I wish we could have a few plays back here and there. It’s one of those things that would have been interesting to see what would have happened if we had more time.
“But being in the position we are right now, we’ll see what happens this week. We’re just focused on winning one game right now and just see how the cards fall.”
The Dolphins, despite their 6-8 record, still have five scenarios where they can get into the postseason if they win their final two games. Cutler said making the playoffs is his primary motivation at this stage of his career.
“Early on in your career you think you’re going to play forever,” Cutler said. “So if you miss some here or there, you say, 'Next year, next year.' As you get older you realize how quickly years start taking off and you have valuable and precious [time].”