Jay Cutler agrees to terms with Dolphins

The Bears selected Mitch Trubisky No. 2 overall

The Bears selected Mitch Trubisky No. 2 overall

Are the Dolphins better now?

The AFC East belongs to the Patriots, but the possibility of a second straight playoff appearance is still well alive in the wide-open AFC, and the signing of Cutler can be the one that helps the Dolphins in the absence of Ryan Tannehill. In my mind, there's no question that they are.

Tannehill wasn't much of a deep thrower. "I'm not anxious about the throwing part". My guess is he'll be throwing to Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills at least in team drills as early as Tuesday. Cutler underwent season-ending surgery last December.

And they'll need to throw it with the kind of schedule they have. As a Dolphins fan, I have my doubts.

That's the good news for Miami. It's just a one-year deal. That was a little better than Tannehill, as well, and some of the other possible options at quarterback for the Dolphins, such as Colin Kaepernick, Brock Osweiler or Robert Griffin III.

Tannehill stood near midfield Monday watching practice, wearing a brace on his left knee and conversing with the coaching staff and quarterbacks.

He signed a futures contract with the Dolphins in January. They will meet in 2018, though it remains to be seen whether the 34-year-old Cutler has intentions to play beyond this year after stepping into retirement this offseason. However, that does not mean that the Bears should have kept him around.

It's also easy to cut him. After all, he's the quarterback Gase inherited.

Gase did a lot for Cutler's career that season they spent together in Chicago. No one is expecting him to take the Dolphins to the Super Bowl. The 2.3 percent interception rate was the lowest of Cutler's career.

The retired life was not for Jay Cutler.

The connection between Gase and Cutler is the thing here. Backup Matt Moore is now projected to be the starting signal caller with Tannehill sidelined.

"He's excited, he's excited to get back down here, he's excited to get back in the building with Gase, He wasn't ready to fully hang it up yet and I feel him, I understand where he's coming from", Bushrod said.

How quickly Cutler picks up the different nuances in the offense will determine if he can compete for the starting job.

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