After a few months of retirement, Jay Cutler is back.
The former Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears quarterback is back in the NFL, as he is reportedly finalizing a contract with the Miami Dolphins. Cutler’s signing comes on the heels of Ryan Tannehill’s injury, as the Dolphins’ starting signal-caller suffered a knee injury in practice a few days ago.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Cutler’s contract would be worth about $10 million, plus incentives.
Cutler rejoins his former offensive coordinator Adam Gase in Miami, as Gase is entering his second year as the Dolphins’ head coach. The two worked together for one season in Chicago; under Gase’s tutelage in 2015, Cutler recorded the lowest interception rate of his career in a single season (2.3%) although the Bears finished just 6-10.
Earlier this offseason following Cutler’s retirement, Acme Packing Company spent some time looking back at Cutler’s career in Chicago — particularly his performances against the Green Bay Packers. The Dolphins do not play the Green Bay Packers this season, as the AFC East division matches up against the NFC South. In his career against the Packers (covering 13 games), Cutler completed just 56.8% of his passes with 16 touchdowns against 22 interceptions and a 68.9 passer rating.
Following his retirement, Cutler was hired by FOX Sports as a color commentator, pairing with Kevin Burkhardt and replacing John Lynch (who left FOX to become the 49ers’ general manager). Obviously, those plans are now on hold.