Jay Cutler Says He Hasn't Thought About Retiring or Playing in 2018

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 21, 2017

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 17:  Jay Cutler #6 of the Miami Dolphins reacts during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills on December 17, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler said he won't think about his NFL future until the team's 2017 season reaches its conclusion.

On Thursday, James Walker of ESPN.com passed along comments from Cutler, who ended a brief retirement to sign with the Dolphins in August, about whether he would keep playing.

"I haven't thought about it," he said. "You know, I'm focused on [the Kansas City Chiefs]. That stuff will be a concern of mine when the season is over."

Cutler was set to join Fox Sports as a color commentator before Miami contacted him following an injury to starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

The 34-year-old Santa Claus, Indiana, native said his wife, Kristin Cavallari, swayed him to return for at least another season when the opportunity arose.

"The last four months I've been in a different mindset, getting ready for the Fox deal," Cutler told reporters in August. "I was pretty good with where I was in my life; I was around the kids a lot and felt pretty content. So I went back and forth on this. My wife talked me into it more than anybody else. ... I think she got tired of me being around the house."

The Vanderbilt product has played pretty much the same way he did during prior stints with the Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears—stretches of strong play offset by too many mistakes.

In all, he's completed 63.2 percent of his throws for 2,374 yards with 18 touchdowns and 14 interceptions across 12 games. His 80.6 passer rating ranks 26th of 35 qualified QBs, while his ESPN Total QBR (39.4) is 27th of 32.

Tannehill is expected back from his torn ACL in time for the 2018 season, so Cutler would likely need to switch teams if he wants to keep playing in a starting role.