Jay Cutler indeed appears to have had interest from at least one NFL team before walking away and beginning a new career in the broadcast booth.

Confirming reports from earlier in the offseason, the now-retired quarterback told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that he had a visit scheduled with the New York Jets before the club opted to sign Josh McCown.

“The stars didn’t really align for me to get out there,” Cutler said on the “Know Them From Adam” podcast. “By the time I was scheduled to get out there, my buddy Josh had taken a visit and they worked something out with him. It all worked out. I’m happy for him.”

Cutler went on to explain that the Jets reached out shortly after he was released by the Chicago Bears. His decision to sit back and weigh his options evidently led to the Jets moving on and locking down a deal with McCown.

“I kind of balked at that because I didn’t really want to jump into anything,” he said. “Whether they would’ve offered me a contract or that it would’ve worked out, I have no idea. That’s something the Jets know more than I know.”

Far and away the more talented signal-caller of the two, it’s fair to wonder whether Cutler would have been New York’s top choice if all was equal in terms of timing.

Then again, perhaps the 34-year-old would have opted for retirement either way.

Rather than joining a rebuilding team not in a position to compete this season, and one presumably in line to draft a young quarterback next April, Cutler now heads for a far more cushy job on the TV side with FOX.

The Jets will head into training camp poised to hold a quarterback competition between McCown, Bryce Petty, and 2016 second-rounder Christian Hackenberg.

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