Jay Cutler agrees to one-year deal with Miami Dolphins

It is unclear just how long Ryan Tannehill (knee) will be out of the lineup, and while the Dolphins have a great deal of faith in Matt Moore, there must have been a great deal of trepidation with asking him to lead the team for an extended period of time.

Tannehill’s latest injury forced the Dolphins to take a look at acquiring another quarterback and coach Adam Gase looked no further than the quarterback he coached while serving as the Chicago Bears’ offensive coordinator – Jay Cutler. Gase helped Cutler achieve a 92.3 passer rating in 2015 as he racked up 3,659 yards and 21 touchdowns with just 11 interceptions.

ESPN reports that Cutler has agreed to a one-year $10 million deal, plus incentives which are currently undisclosed. Cutler chose to retire following the 2016 season and was expected to contribute as an analyst for FOX-TV. However, the 34-year old quarterback’s future changed course when Gase came calling and asked if he’d be interested in joining the Dolphins following Tannehill’s injury.

Cutler has a career record of 68-71 as a starting quarterback in the NFL but Gase has a level of familiarity and understanding of Cutler that very few coaches possess. Considering the weapons around Cutler in Miami, as well as Gase’s ability to relate to the enigmatic quarterback, it is possible that he could have a very good season with the Dolphins.

The Dolphins do have questions along the offensive line with the biceps injury to Ted Larsen, but Gase anticipates that Larsen will be able to play this season.

Larsen’s health will be an integral part of the offense’s success, considering the fact that they just acquired a quarterback who isn’t particularly mobile and isn’t known as an anticipatory thrower.

If the offensive line is able to gel, and keep the quarterback upright, Gase and the front office opting for Cutler makes a great deal of sense. If they are unable to protect the quarterback, many will wonder why Colin Kaepernick, who is capable of extending plays with his legs wasn’t given greater consideration.

 

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Brandon Howard joined the Sports Talk Florida team to cover the Miami Dolphins in April 2017 and will work diligently to provide daily Dolphins content and give accurate analysis of the roster, coaching and front office. Last season, Howard was the curator of content for Miami Dolphins Wire/ USA Today while aggregating high school sports results in Broward and Palm Beach counties for the Sun Sentinel. Prior to moving to South Florida Howard developed NFL content for Pro Player Insiders while covering the Cleveland Browns from 2014-2015. Howard, a Columbus, Ohio native graduated from West Virginia in 2004 in Athletic Coaching and Education. He also was a scholarship track and field athlete and walk-on football player. Howard was the 2003 Big East Long and IC4A long jump Champion and was a provisional national qualifier in the event. He also maintained his status as a member of the Athletic Director Academic Honor Roll during his time as a Mountaineer.