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Tannehill reinjures left knee in practice

Former Broncos and Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has made a decision to unretire, joining the Dolphins on a one-year, $10 million deal to fill in for an injured Ryan Tannehill.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase worked with Cutler as offensive coordinator of the Bears in 2015.

The deal will be worth $10 million, plus incentives, according to the report.

The Dolphins have been looking for a quarterback after Ryan Tannehill's knee injury which could sideline him for the entire season. Gase joined Miami the following year, and Cutler parted with Chicago in March after eight seasons.

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It is important to note that Cutler is coming of a severe injury as he missed the last six games of last season after suffering a torn labrum in his throwing arm that required season ending surgery. "He was surprised and he has things to work through". This means they will likely be giving him significant playing time against Atlanta so he can get as accustomed as possible to Miami's offense before the season starts. Now the 34-year-old quarterback is coming out of retirement nearly exactly three months to the day after he chose Fox Sports over finding a new National Football League team. 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. When asked if he was officially retired, Cutler held back on using the word, while also saying the move would be "permanent".

As Gase mentioned on Friday, Matt Moore is the starting quarterback "right now". He is very clearly just a single-year rental and reportedly wanted to be careful about how he handled the situation with respect to Tannehill.

There are plenty of potential alternatives to signing Cutler, Gase said. Instead, if Cutler is going to return, he wants to make sure the abrupt change of lifestyle is monetarily worthwhile, sources said.

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