After a weekend of back and forth about whether the Dolphins would sign free agent Jay Cutler, an agreement was reached for the former long time leader of the Bears to join his old offensive coordinator in Miami.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network had the news first Sunday afternoon:
The #Dolphins are signing QB Jay Cutler to a 1-year contract worth $10M, source said. There are incentives in there, too.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 6, 2017
This came after reports Saturday that Cutler and his representatives had “cooled on the idea coming to Miami, but apparently coach Adam Gase pursued him Saturday night and convinced him to agree. Jeff Darlington of ESPN shed the light on that aspect:
Impressive resolve by Gase to push forward in pursuit of Cutler, who went dark Saturday while he contemplated. Gase pushed hard Sat. night.
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) August 6, 2017
This also most likely signals Ryan Tannehill’s season is over or will miss a large portion of the upcoming season. We wrote on Friday that Cutler could be a viable option for the Dolphins to turn to in case Tannehill was indeed significantly injured.
Cutler did arguably have his best season with Gase running the offense. He threw for 3,659 yards to go along with 21 touchdowns and 11 picks. While the numbers weren’t sexy, he did show consistency, which hadn’t happened too often up to that point.
Cutler had been slated to join Fox Sports as booth analyst, but that is obviously now on hold.
And, this move signals that he may not only have gotten assured of an even competition with backup Matt Moore for the rest of the pre-season, but that he could be handed the starting job right away.
We will find all of that out soon enough.