Miami gifts Jay Cutler his last stand
Well, Jay Cutler's walk down Tony Romo lane lasted for all of three months. Both quarterbacks retired as the Cowboys' and Bears' career leaders in touchdowns passes and passing yards, and both joined networks as color commentators: Romo joined CBS and Cutler joined Fox.
However, the injury bug bit Ryan Tannehill, the Dolphins' quarterback who appeared to be taking a significant step forward in his development, and now the Dolphins turned to Cutler, a man whose record as the Bears' signal-caller is a mediocre 51-51. He is signed to a one-year deal worth $10 million, plus a potential $3 million in incentives.
The Dolphins have plenty of up-and-coming talent on the offensive side of the ball: running back Jay Ajayi, wide receiver Jarvis Landry, and offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil to name a few. Putting a widely-regarded moody and temperamental passer who has a penchant for turnovers could have the potential to stunt the growth of a budding attack.
However, head coach Adam Gase's past relationship with Cutler cannot be ignored. The mercurial Cutler put up 3,659 yards, 21 TDs and just 11 picks resulted in his only season with a passer rating above 90, 92.3 to be exact.
With the extent of Tannehill's injury unknown, Gase turned to a familiar safety net in Cutler. Even though Colin Kaepernick is probably the more talented of the two, but Cutler's familiarity with Gase got him back in the league.
When asked if he was in football-playing shape at his introductory press conference Monday, Cutler dismissed the idea of needing to be in good shape to play quarterback.
"The good thing is I play quarterback, so I don't really have to be in that great of cardiovascular shape," Cutler said.
One thing is for certain, Cutler's return to the NFL will be must-watch television.