Three days ago, Miami Dolphins franchise quarterback Ryan Tannehill left practice with what later turned out to be a left knee injury – the same knee the 29-year old sprained last year; a sprain that ultimately ended his season. While there has not been a definitive report about the extent of Tannehill’s latest injury, Miami’s latest move does not exactly reflect confidence.
As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Dolphins have signed free agency quarterback Jay Cutler to a one-year contract worth $10.0 million: $5.0 million in base salary, $5.0 million in bonuses as well as an additional $3.0 million in incentives. The deal makes Cutler the second-highest paid quarterback in the AFC East and all but confirms him as Miami’s starting quarterback this upcoming season.
Cutler was originally expected to join FOX as a color commentator after the Chicago Bears released him earlier this offseason but now has a new job under a familiar face: Adam Gase, who served as the Bears' offensive coordinator during the 2015 seasons, one of the best of Cutler's 11-year career. If he can find similar success in Miami remains to be seen – or if he can finally beat the New England Patriots.
After all, the former Denver Broncos first round draft pick, has a 0-3 career record against the Patriots. Cutler attempted 82 passes against New England, completing 49 for 547 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions – all while his teams suffered blowout losses: The 2008 Broncos lost 41-7 at Gillette Stadium, the 2010 Bears 36-7 in Chicago, the 2014 Bears 51-23 also in Foxboro.
Now, Cutler is expected to face the defending world champions two times this year.