As the Miami Dolphins continue to brace for the likelihood that Ryan Tannehill will undergo surgery to fix stretched ligaments in his left knee, they remain focused on Jay Cutler as their top choice to replace him, sources close to the situation said Sunday.
Cutler was set to join the Fox Sports broadcast booth, but now instead will look to lead Miami back to the postseason.
He indicated he would consider a return to the league if the situation was right. On Sunday, Schefter reported that Cutler will come out of his brief retirement and is finalizing a one-year, $10 million deal to play for the Dolphins. That includes a base salary of $5 million.More news: Channel 4 branded 'shameful' over Princess Diana tapes
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At the time of the initial injury, Dolphins coach Adam Gase reportedly reached out to Peyton Manning as possible help to replace Tannehill. Cutler continued to challenge defenses with 7.6 yards per attempt, but Gase allowed the veteran quarterback to significantly cut down on his interceptions.
Tannehill suffered two sprained ligaments in the same knee last December but did not have surgery.
Aside from the connection between Gase and Cutler, Kaepernick generally doesn't fit the type of scheme Gase is looking to run in Miami. What kind of shape Cutler is in remains to be seen, and what is left of his physical abilities may end up dictating serious changes to the Dolphins offensive scheme mid-training camp. It seemed apparent that Cutler was happy to ride off into the sunset and kick-start his next career in football broadcasting.
Cutler will likely compete with Matt Moore for the starting job with the Dolphins, but according to reports, he needed assurances that he would be the starter when Week 1 rolls around, so he'll likely have a leg up in that competition.