Will Jay Cutler Sign with the Miami Dolphins?

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The Miami Dolphins might be in need of a quarterback. Will that quarterback be Jay Cutler?

Preseason is a dangerous time for quarterbacks. We’ve seen QBs like Trent Green, Teddy Bridgewater, and countless others go down for the season, and that may have happened again, this time to the Miami Dolphins and Ryan Tannehill.

The Dolphins still aren’t sure what the status is with Tannehill. If he is indeed only out a of couple months, the Dolphins will probably look to upgrade the QB2 spot and go with Matt Moore. But what if the news is worse? What if Tannehill is indeed done for the year? Would the Dolphins brave the season with Moore? Almost certainly not.

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If the Dolphins look to sign a potential starting quarterback, two names come to mind- Colin Kaepernick and Jay Cutler. Let’s first look at Kaepernick.

While Kaepernick certainly is good enough to be on an NFL roster, would the Dolphins fit? One, Adam Gase doesn’t run the type of offense that Kaepernick thrives in. Two, Kaepernick’s Fidel Castro t-shirt that he wore last year rubbed the Miami population the wrong way. Three, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is very politically conservative and would probably frown upon the signing of Kaepernick.

What about Cutler? Cutler has expressed a desire to play in the NFL as a starting QB, earning starting QB money, and playing for a playoff caliber team. If the Dolphins are willing to pay Cutler a solid dollar amount ($16-$20 million), they just might land the former Chicago Bears QB.

Cutler had arguably his best season under Gase and he would be intrigued to be reunited with his former offensive coordinator. But the money could be an issue. Would the Dolphins pony up for Cutler? Cutler has an ego, and deservedly so, while he’s not Tom Brady, he’s had a long NFL career and holds just about every passing record for the Bears. The Bears have committed $16 million to Mike Glennon for 2017, it’s hard to imagine that Cutler would agree to a contract that pays him less than his former team committed to an unproven QB.

The other side of this is Fox Sports. Cutler committed to Fox and has been excited to join Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis up in the booth. Would he really bail on Fox less than a month before the season after Fox already shuffled their broadcast teams and committed to Cutler as part of their number two team? Cutler know she he’s going to hurt Fox if he agrees to sign with Miami. That will weigh on him heavily as he decides what to do.

There are several obstacles in the way of Cutler signing right now, first is the length Tannehill is out, followed by the money Cutler will demand and his previous commitments to Fox. If Tannehill is out for the year, Miami is willing to pay Cutler what he wants, and Fox gives him his blessing, then Cutler may very well be headed to South Florida. However, those are three big “ifs,” a lot has to happen before we see Kristin Cavalari’s instagram posts on South Beach.