ESPN The Miami Dolphins and former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler agreed to a one-year deal on Sunday, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The one-year deal is worth $10 million, plus up to $3 million in incentives, a source told Schefter. In May, Cutler had retired from the NFL and was hired by Fox Sports as a game analyst.
Anyone who is freaking out about Jay Cutler getting a job while Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned, like the entire mainstream media, does not understand football. We are a month out from the kickoff of the 2017 NFL season, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill re-injured his knee and could miss the entire season if he undergoes surgery, and the Dolphins need an experienced quarterback who knows head coach Adam Gase’s offense. In 2015, Jay Cutler enjoyed one of his best seasons, with Adam Gase as his offensive coordinator, running his exact same offense. If the Dolphins were to bring in Colin Kaepernick this late in the game, they would have to totally revamp their complex offense, in order to effectively use his strengths (scrambling) and mask his huge weaknesses (accurate passing). If this was April and Colin Kaepernick had time to learn the offense, bringing him in might make sense, but with preseason games scheduled to start next week you need a quarterback who knows the offense inside and out. Cutler gives you that, and while he struggled last season, in an offense he knows with the Dolphins weapons he gives them a chance.