After watching their franchise quarterback Ryan Tannehill go down with a non-contact knee injury on Thursday, the Dolphins have convinced ex-Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to come out of retirement. According to multiple reports, Tannehill collapsed while he was scrambling during a play and was on the ground for 15 seconds or so before finally leaving the field. The Dolphins coaching staff found themselves searching for answers for the 2017 season and they think they have found the answer in Jay Cutler, who they have convinced to come out retirement thanks to head coach Adam Gase.
Adam Gase worked with Jay Cutler for one season in Chicago in 2015 as the offensive coordinator. It lead to Cutler having the best year of his career with 21 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and his only season with a quarterback rating over 90. This lead to Adam Gase getting the head coaching gig in Miami in 2016 where the Dolphins made the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Jay Cutler was let go from the Bears after the 2016 season where he suffered a torn labrum during a contest in week 11 versus the New York Giants.
It was assumed that Cutler was going to stay retired after taking the a job as the broadcaster for the 2nd team on FOX. His first gig was supposed to be in week 3 of the preseason when the Chicago Bears take on the Tennessee Titans, but it looks like that will be put on hold for now. However, the moment that Tannehill went down, it became apparent how close Gase and Cutler had gotten during the one season together because rumors began flying about them reuniting shortly after the knee injury was announced.
As of 12:45 pm, Jay Cutler is a Dolphin according to Ian Rapoport on a 1 year deal worth $10 million.
This could mean another potential playoff berth as the AFC has very few truly dominant teams going into the 2017 season. Cutler should have a fairly easy time integrating into the Dolphins offensive system thanks to his relationship with Gase. The only thing he may have to learn is some of the language, but the offensive system should be very similar to what he learned in Chicago. The biggest issue for Cutler is going to be his health and how much arm strength he has lost with the torn labrum, but he will have some great receivers to work with in DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills, and Jarvis Landry with Julius Thomas working out of the tight end position. It will be the best group of wide receivers that Cutler has worked with in a long time and Cutler could make the Dolphins strong contenders for one of the wild card spots in the AFC.