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Making the quarterback move everyone knew was coming, the Miami Dolphins have reportedly agreed to sign former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to a one-year, $13 million contract. The potential move comes just over a day after starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill went down with a non-contact knee injury in practice.
While the Dolphins have yet to release a statement on whether or not Ryan Tannehill will have surgery — something many medical experts expect to occur — the Dolphins appear to have wasted no time closing in on a new starting quarterback.
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Joining the Fox Sports NFL announce team following his retirement during the offseason, Cutler would now be back in the NFL and reuniting with his former offensive coordinator in Dolphins head coach Adam Gase. For this reason alone, the move makes sense for Miami due to Gase’s success as a quarterback whisperer. After all, it was Gase that turned Cutler into a solid quarterback back in 2015 by simplifying the offense. During that season, Cutler saw his interception total drop from 18 in 2014 to just 11 in his one season with Gase.
While other options were reportedly explored by the Dolphins — including signing Colin Kaepernick — it seems that Gase opted to bring in the quarterback he knows. After all, Gase did vouch for Cutler during the offseason, stating that in his mind, Cutler still had the ability to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. Now we get a chance to see of this statement proves to be a true one.
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Prior to Cutler reportedly joining the Dolphins, the quarterback spent eight seasons in the Chicago, going 51-51 with 154 touchdowns for the Bears. However, during his one season under Adam Gase, Cutler recorded his best TD/INT ratio of his career.
The move would also gives the Miami Dolphins some options heading into 2018. With Cutler on a one-year deal, Miami is free to either pursue a restructured deal with Ryan Tannehill or even potentially search for a new quarterback through the draft or even free agency. However, that is another story for another time.