Jay Cutler will not be in the Fox’ broadcasting booth draped in a suite, instead, he will be back on the field in aqua green and orange leading the Miami Dolphin’s offense.
The news broke early Sunday morning that the Dolphins decided to sign Cutler to a 1 year deal for $10 million plus up to $3 million in incentives. The decision to sign Jay Cutler did not take long. Former starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill injured his left knee during a noncontact play at practice Thursday, and it is believed he may need season ending surgery, handing the reins to Cutler.
The 34-year-old will reunite with his former Bears offensive coordinator and current head coach of the Dolphins Adam Gase.
Gase is credited for bringing out the best in Cutler in his 2015 season when Cutler had 21 touchdowns for 11 interceptions. Last season Cutler only played in 5 games due to injury, resulting in the Chicago Bears releasing him after 8 years with the team back in March.
Cutler finished his carer with the Bears as the franchise’s leading passer of all time, but his legacy is still tarnished because he only produced one playoff win.
In May Cutler announced his retirement from football to become a sports analyst. However, Miami believes he has at least one more season in him. There is much debate on how far Cutler can take the Dolphins this season, but one person has faith he can succeed is Gase. According to reports, the Dolphins truly believe in Cutler and reportedly raised the monetary value to make sure to secure Cutler, Gase played a major part in landing Cutler as well.
The Dolphins made it to the playoffs last season with backup quarterback Matt Moore starting, but critics are pretty skeptical if Cutler can do the same. Certainly, the Dolphins are hoping that Gase can rekindle the fire he brought out of Cutler back in 2015, but it won’t be easy.
Before signing Cutler, Miami was considering former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, former Bronco, and current Mets outfielder Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton. The Dolphins will kick off its 2017-2918 season at home at Hard Rock Stadium, Thursday, August 10 against the Atlanta Falcons.