Reports: Dolphins land Cutler
Quarterback comes out of retirement for one-year, $10M deal.
Jay Cutler decided to postpone retirement for the chance to be Ryan Tannehill’s replacement.
Cutler reportedly agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract with the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
Cutler will compete with Matt Moore for a starting job while Tannehill remains out with a left knee injury that could sideline him for the season.
Dolphins coach Adam Gase was offensive coordinator for the Bears when Cutler had a career-best quarterback rating with Chicago in 2015. Gase joined Miami in 2016, and Cutler parted with Chicago in March after eight seasons.
Cutler, 34, drew little interest in the spring as a free agent and was hired by Fox as an analyst to work on its No. 2 NFL team.
Tannehill, who missed the final four games of last season with two sprained ligaments in his knee, reinjured it a week into training camp Thursday.
The damage reportedly is similar last year’s injury, which has left the Dolphins consulting with specialists to determine whether surgery is the best option for Tannehill.
He’s expected to be sidelined a minimum of six weeks, but the deal with Cutler signals the Dolphins anticipate Tannehill will need a lengthier recovery.
Cutler is 68-71 as a starter with a career quarterback rating of 85.7, 208 touchdown passes and 146 interceptions. Several NFL starting quarterbacks are older, including New England’s Tom Brady, who just turned 40.
Moore turns 33 next week and has 28 starts in 10 seasons. Last year he helped the Dolphins clinch their first postseason berth since 2008, going 2-1 as a starter to end the regular season before a first-round playoff loss at Pittsburgh.
Falcons: For the second straight year, cornerback Jalen Collins will be suspended for the start of the season for a violation of the league’s policy on performance enhancers. This time, the suspension carries a bigger bite: 10 games. Collins was suspended for the first four games in 2016.
Collins, a second-round pick in 2015, has said he failed drug tests at LSU. Collins started six games last season and had two interceptions. He moved into the lineup after star cornerback Desmond Trufant was placed on IR with a torn pectoral muscle. Collins will be eligible to return to the active roster following the Nov. 20 game against Seattle.
Jaguars: Jacksonville released oft-injured safety James Sample, a fourthround draft pick in 2015. Sample missed two practices with an apparent injury. The team signed journeyman Jeron Johnson to fill the roster spot. Johnson has played in 64 NFL games with Seattle (2011-14, 2016), Washington (2015) and Kansas City (2016).
Bills: Starting left tackle Cordy Glenn returned to practice and feels reassured after having a left foot injury examined by a specialist. Glenn expects to be ready for the start of the regular season and answered, “No, not right now,” when asked if he feels there is any risk of aggravating the injury.
The 6-foot-6, 345-pound Glenn has been a starter since his rookie season in 2012. Last year, the former second-round draft pick became one of the league’s top-paid tackles after signing a five-year, $65 million contract extension.
Titans: Running back Brandon Radcliff, an undrafted free agent from Louisville who had been waived by the Colts in June, was added to the roster. Injured linebacker Victor Ochi was waived.
Former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (above) will reunite with former Chicago assistant coach Adam Gase, who is now the head coach of the Dolphins.