The Miami Dolphins have signed briefly retired former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to a one-year, $10 million deal after their starting QB, Ryan Tannehill, suffered a likely season-ending knee injury. The Cutler connection for Gase here was very obvious: he coached Cutler in 2015 when he was the offensive coordinator for the Bears.
Cutler announced in May that he was joining Fox as an National Football League analyst, however, he stopped short of calling the decision a "retirement" from playing.
In a shocking move on Sunday, Jay Cutler became the first person to head to Florida after he unretired. The duo connected 521 times for 6,423 yards and 46 touchdowns during their six seasons together.
The Dolphins also have a battle-tested second-string quarterback in Matt Moore and still may need to call on him at some point during the 2017 season.
Tannehill, who missed the final four games of last season with two sprained ligaments in his left knee, reinjured it a week into training camp Thursday. But provided that Cutler finds chemistry with new targets in a familiar offense, Miami has enough talent elsewhere on the roster to contend for the playoffs yet again. Cutler and Gase had a great relationship in Chicago, and with Gase now at the helm in Miami, they'll hope to recapture the magic on South Beach. "So I don't think he looked at our situation like, 'oh this is going to happen'".
"I don't know if retirement is the right word; I don't feel that anyone ever really retires from the NFL", Cutler said in a statement when the Fox job was announced in May. The network has been operating all offseason on the assumption Cutler is aboard, shaping their broadcaster lineup accordingly.