In 2013, Cuter started 11 games and amassed 2,621 yards, 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and did so with Alshon Jeffrey, Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett at his disposal. While Cutler missed time with injuries in 2013 as the season wound down questions arose as to whether going back to Cutler was the right decision.
While there was some chatter about adding Cutler to the Jets this offseason, this move makes that all a moot point. Even if Cutler were to hit free agency I doubt that the Jets would get into a bidding war for his services. The cost of bringing Cutler in would be too high compared to all the other improvements that the team needs to make this offseason. John Idzik stated this week that he's open to bringing in more talent at the quarterback spot this offseason but making a massive splash like signing Jay Cutler in free agency doesn't seem his style.
Common sense seems to say that if the Jets can make it work with Geno Smith at his modest salary for 2014 they will try to do so. Smith showed the needed improvement at the end of the season and the amount of money that Smith takes up against the cap will allow the Jets to spend so much money elsewhere. Beyond a cheap veteran quarterback to push/backup Geno the wisest investment from a money standpoint would be through the draft.
The Jets are just about to get out from under the Sanchez contract. Would adding Cutler make the difference that this team needs to put the 2014 Jets into the Super Bowl and thereby forego free agent acquisitions at the WR/TE/RB spots? I'm not convinced it would.