CUT­LER READY TO RES­CUE DOL­PHINS

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

The Mi­ami Dol­phins and for­mer Chicago Bears quar­ter­back Jay Cut­ler agreed to a one-year con­tract Sun­day, NFL sources told ESPN.

Cut­ler’s deal is worth $10 mil­lion, plus up to $3 mil­lion in in­cen­tives.

Cut­ler re­tired from the NFL in May and was quickly hired by Fox Sports as a game an­a­lyst for cov­er­age of the league.

“We loved our time work­ing with Jay and wish him the best back on the field this year with the Dol­phins,” Fox Sports said in a news re­lease is­sued Sun­day.

Dol­phins coach Adam Gase played a sig­nif­i­cant role in con­vinc­ing Cut­ler, a for­mer Bron­cos first-round draft pick, that he should play for the Dol­phins, who raised the amount of money of­fered to Cut­ler to strike a deal.

As of Satur­day, Cut­ler was re­luc­tant about re­turn­ing to the NFL as a quar­ter­back, al­though he hadn’t made any de­ci­sion with cer­tainty. Aware of his re­luc­tance, but af­ter a day of no di­rect com­mu­ni­ca­tion with Cut­ler, Gase was even­tu­ally able to talk to him.

The Dol­phins tar­geted Cut­ler be­cause of the like­li­hood that their start­ing quar­ter­back, Ryan Tan­nehill, will un­dergo surgery to re­pair stretched lig­a­ments in his left knee.

Fal­cons CB gone games.

FLOW­ERY for 10

Fal­cons cor­ner­back Jalen Collins, a starter in last sea­son’s Su­per Bowl against the Pa­tri­ots, has been sus­pended without pay for the first 10 games of the reg­u­lar sea­son for vi­o­lat­ing the NFL’s pol­icy on per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing sub­stances.

Collins is due to re­ceive $928,440 this sea­son. The 10-game sus­pen­sion will cost him $546,141.

This is the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year that Collins has vi­o­lated the same league pol­icy. He served a four-game sus­pen­sion without pay at the be­gin­ning of last sea­son.

In­jury to Smith con­firmed.

SANTA CLARA, CALIF.» Firstyear 49ers coach Kyle Shana­han’s fears about Mal­colm Smith’s pec­toral in­jury were con­firmed Sun­day when an MRI re­vealed a tear that could end the line­backer’s sea­son be­fore it gets started.

Smith suf­fered the in­jury dur­ing prac­tice Satur­day at Levi’s Sta­dium. Mo­ments af­ter that work­out, Shana­han sug­gested that Smith would miss an ex­tended pe­riod of time but had ex­pressed hope that he might play this sea­son.

• The NFL hired for­mer 49ers gen­eral man­ager Trent Baalke as a foot­ball op­er­a­tions con­sul­tant.

Enunwa has neck in­jury.

EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J.» The Jets are hop­ing their No. 1 wide re­ceiver isn’t side­lined for long.

Quincy Enunwa in­jured his neck late Satur­day night dur­ing prac­tice at MetLife Sta­dium, an in­jury that coach Todd Bowles said was sim­i­lar to the one that held Enunwa out dur­ing spring work­outs.

“It wasn’t se­vere, but it held him out for a while,” Bowles said of the pre­vi­ous in­jury. “I’ll see the sever­ity of it when I go in­side.”

Foot­notes.

The Ti­tans ac­quired run­ning back Bran­don Rad­cliff and waived in­jured line­backer Vic­tor Ochi. … While Bobby Wag­ner and K.J. Wright re­main in place as starters, the Sea­hawks have over­hauled the rest of their group of lineback­ers.

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