The Miami Dolphins have signed veteran quarterback Jay Cutler in light of the situation surrounding Ryan Tannehill, giving the Dolphins a proverbial lottery ticket as they try to push for a playoff repeat with arguably the most talented roster they have had in years.
Cutler, 34, had initially retired from the NFL to start a broadcasting career, after no teams were willing to give him a starting position and the cash to go along with it. Once Tannehill went down, however, his favorite coach Adam Gase contacted him and asked him to return to help salvage the 2017 season.
While this writer doesn't see Cutler as an upgrade from Tannehill by any means, he will be a better quarterback than Matt Moore, though it remains to be seen if he will be worth the $10 million dollar price tag.
Head coach Adam Gase handpicked Cutler for the job due to the connection they shared during their one season together in Chicago, and it was that connection that ultimately made Cutler the favorite over another option in free agent Colin Kaepernick, who may be a superior athlete, would have to learn a brand new playbook very quickly.
Cutler has the advantage of having experience playing in an Adam Gase offense.
As a big-armed quarterback, Cutler will have a plethora of weapons to choose from with Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker and Jarvis Landry to throw to, as well as large tight end Julius Thomas and catching running backs Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake.
The only question will be the offensive line, which is still iffy even this close to the season. It will be interesting to see if this $10 million investment will pan out for the Miami Dolphins.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @LuisDSung
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