Re­ports: Dol­phins land Cut­ler

Quar­ter­back comes out of re­tire­ment for one-year, $10M deal.

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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.

BILL KOSTROUN / AP

For­mer Bears quar­ter­back Jay Cut­ler (above) will re­unite with for­mer Chicago as­sis­tant coach Adam Gase, who is now the head coach of the Dol­phins.

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