QB Cut­ler fol­lows coach Gase to Mi­ami

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - STEVEN WINE

New Mi­ami Dol­phins quar­ter­back Jay Cut­ler won’t play in the team’s ex­hi­bi­tion opener Thurs­day, but look for him to be start­ing soon enough.

“He didn’t come out of re­tire­ment to stand on the side­line,” coach Adam Gase said.

Cut­ler missed Mon­day’s prac­tice be­cause it took place as he landed in South Florida to sign a $10-mil­lion, one-year con­tract. The 34-year-old Cut­ler de­cided to de­lay the start of his net­work TV ca­reer for the chance to re­place Ryan Tan­nehill and be re­united with Gase, his former of­fen­sive co-or­di­na­tor with the Chicago Bears.

“A sit­u­a­tion like this doesn’t come along very of­ten,” said Cut­ler, wear­ing a polo shirt bear­ing the Dol­phins logo. “I know Adam very well; I know the sys­tem. And you’re talk­ing about a play­off team with a lot of re­ally, re­ally good play­ers and a lot of po­ten­tial.”

Cut­ler is ex­pected to leapfrog long­time Dol­phins backup Matt Moore for the start­ing job while Tan­nehill re­mains out with a left knee in­jury that likely will side­line him for the en­tire sea­son.

Gase reached out to Cut­ler shortly af­ter Tan­nehill was hurt Thurs­day and said the former Bear needed no per­suad­ing to launch a come­back.

Cut­ler parted with the Bears in March af­ter eight sea­sons.

In 2015, Cut­ler had a ca­reer-best quar­ter­back rat­ing while with Gase, who then joined the Dol­phins.

The ac­qui­si­tion of Cut­ler could di­vide a locker-room where Moore en­joys strong sup­port, es­pe­cially af­ter he helped Mi­ami clinch a play­off berth last De­cem­ber.

Jay Cut­ler

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