Free agent quarterback Jay Cutler had interest in playing for the Houston Texans, but the team would not return his calls, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports.
It’s not clear if the attempts to contact the Texans were made before or during the draft, but after the Texans traded up to select Clemson’s Deshaun Watson in the first-round of the draft, that door surely closed with head coach Bill O’Brien deciding to stick with Tom Savage and Watson as the top two quarterbacks on their roster.
The former Chicago Bears quarterback’s agent said last week that his client still wanted to play, as he was not looking to retire. But since being released at the beginning of free agency last month, Cutler has generated little to no interest from teams around the league that were in need of a veteran signal-caller, including the Texans.
Cutler did have a visit lined up with the Jets, but that meeting was cancelled after they decided to sign former Cleveland Browns veteran QB Josh McCown to a one-year deal.
Cutler has played 11 seasons with Denver and Chicago and was released by the Bears in the offseason. Much–maligned for turnovers and poor body language, Cutler’s best bet to resume his playing career may be to wait for an injury or accept a mentoring role to a young quarterback.
Houston would have been an interesting landing spot for Cutler but instead the Texans addressed their quarterback need by trading up to draft Deshaun Watson with the No. 12 pick.
Even if the Texans decided to start Deshaun Watson as a rookie, they appear quite comfortable with Savage and Brandon Weeden as reliable veteran backups.