By Russell Lorentz
Former Vanderbilt star and Chicago Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler will return to the NFL after a very brief stint of retirement.
Cutler was set to begin a broadcasting venture on the set of Fox Sports, alongside Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis for the upcoming season.
However, Cutler spurned retirement and is set to join the Miami Dolphins on a one-year, 10 million-dollar deal, excluding incentives according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Miami’s one-year deal with QB Jay Cutler is worth $10 million, plus incentives, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 6, 2017
Cutler is all but penciled in as the Dolphins starter, as Ryan Tannehill suffered a torn ACL in training camp.
Cutler was sidelined with injury for much of the 2016 season, suiting up in just five games.
The former Commodore begins his 11th season in the NFL, as the Dolphins face the hometown Tennessee Titans on October 8 in Miami.
The gunslinger reunites with Adam Gase, the former offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos, now Head Coach of the Miami Dolphins.
Cutler spent time with Gase in 2015, one of Cutler’s most prestigious as a pro.
Cutler’s best years as a pro came in 2014 and 2015 respectively as he amassed a 28-18 ratio in 2014, while setting a 21-11 touchdown to interception ratio in 2015 with Gase, showing to be a more than capable signal caller.
Perhaps Cutler will revert to interception-friendly Jay Cutler or not, remains to be seen. The former All-Pro has thrown 12 or more interceptions in 7 of his 10 seasons, with a career-worst 26 interceptions in 2009.
But his gunslinger mentality similar to that of Brett Favre got him a 126
million-dollar deal in 2014 with Chicago, according to CBS Sports.
Now Dolphins fans play the waiting game, seeing if they’ll get those two grand years of Jay Cutler with Chicago, or if they’ll perhaps be banking on a surgically repaired ACL of Ryan Tannehill.
The Dolphins have failed to qualify for the postseason since 2008, and have yet to show any real resemblance of closing the gap with the New England Patriots with Tannehill calling the shots, but possibly a Jay Cutler remedy can fix that… possibly.