With Ryan Tannehill’s season in doubt, the Dolphins have reached out to Jay Cutler in possibly signing with the team.
It has been a horrific start for the Miami Dolphins in their first week of training camp when it comes to injuries. After quarterback Ryan Tannehill went down yesterday with another knee injury, you could literally see the hearts drop from the players and the fans. Many breathed a sigh of relief when it was announced that no structural damage was evident from his MRI.
That initial report was a bit premature, however, as the MRI actually was inconclusive. Tannehill’s injury was a non-contact injury, and that has many within the organization concerned. Even if Tannehill did indeed dodge further damage to his knee, surgery may be necessary to avoid another injury down the road. Tannehill had his ACL partially torn back in December that ended his season, but surgery was not needed. Now it looks like it might be.
As a result, the Dolphins have started looking into other options. Tannehill’s backup, Matt Moore, is the clear starter as of now, but Miami may look to sign a veteran free agent to the fold. In fact, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald is reporting that the Dolphins have already reached out to Jay Cutler.
It’s not surprising that the Dolphins have reached out to Cutler. Him and head coach Adam Gase have history together. Gase was the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator in 2015, and Cutler had one of the better seasons of his career under Gase. That season, Cutler finished the year with 3,659 yards passing with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also posted a 92.3 passer rating, a career high.
Salguero pointed out that Cutler is not the only quarterback that Miami is talking to. The Dolphins are weighing their options, and that includes how to proceed with Tannehill, and whether or not he could play again in 2017. As of now, it’s only known that he will miss “significant” time.
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Since Tannehill’s injury, the Dolphins have also been linked to Colin Kaepernick and Tony Romo, among others. The team could also explore trade possibilities for a veteran quarterback, but that could become expensive at this point of the year. Remember last year when Minnesota gave up two draft picks, one being a first round pick, for Sam Bradford. Giving up high draft picks is not worth a possible one-year rental for Miami.
The Dolphins still have a lot to figure out before making a decision. Cutler has the familiarity with Gase, but Miami might want to bring him in as a backup to Moore instead of as a starter. Cutler may not be interested in leaving his gig with FOX Sports to do that. Right now, the only thing we know is that Moore is their starter, but time will tell if that changes.